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Emilie Silverwood-Cope: You’ve got to side with their right to paaaaarty!

My eldest child recently said the words I had been dreading. Of course I knew the day would come but, still, I was unprepared. “Mum,” he said, “can I have a house party?”

There’s only one group of people who like a house party more than 10 Downing Street and that’s 16 and 17-year-olds. They are too young to hit the pubs and too old to stay in on a Friday night so house parties are their only weapon of choice.

As I was weakened by the slog of the lockdown and painfully aware of how much my children have missed out on (some of us obeyed every rule) I said yes.

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