Local MP Dame Caroline Spelman joined pupils at John Henry Newman Catholic College to take part in a ‘Question Time’ style panel discuss with pupils. Speaking to an audience of around two hundred pupils, Dame Caroline answered questions on a variety of local issues including; Brexit, HS2, Affordable Housing and how MPs can encourage more young people to get involved in local and national politics.
Commenting on the visit, Dame Caroline said: ‘Having recently welcomed pupils from the John Henry Newman College to Parliament in November, I was thrilled to be able to visit the school last week and take part in this panel discussion as part of their BBC School Report project. I strongly believe that it is important for MPs to actively encourage young people to get involved with our system of politics and democracy.
‘Pupils raised some very interesting questions about key issues which affect many people across our Borough and demonstrated their very keen understanding of politics and current affairs.
‘I would urge all of our local schools to consider visiting the House of Commons to meet with their MP, go on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster and take advantage of our new, state of the art education centre’.
Speaking after the event, Shannon, in Year 7, said “My experience with Caroline Spelman was very enjoyable. I was interested in her thoughts on school funding, dangerous motorbikes, NHS funding, and Britain’s leaving the EU.”
See the interview below: