Budding politicians from Kirkby College travelled all the way down to London as part of a special trip to the Houses of Parliament, with the chance to quiz Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero and outline their hopes for the future.
In total 30 students aged between 14 and 18 took part in the trip which was organised by the Education Service in Parliament and designed to give youngsters the opportunity to find out more about the way politics in this country works as well as the learning about the role of MPs.
The MP said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the students and they were an absolute credit to their school and to Ashfield in general. I’ve seen some important people come to Parliament and meet MPs and be slightly overawed by the whole thing – well this lot certainly weren’t. They were throwing questions at me, left, right and centre and they weren’t content to just sit back but instead determined to change things.”
Fourteen year old Jack Clarke and Kia Elvidge, 18 are now drafting a letter which Gloria has promised to pass on directly to the Council on their behalf, highlighting their concerns over the lack of facilities in Ashfield and outlining their hopes and what they’d like to see in future.
The MP added; “Jack told me he’s desperate to see more things for young people to do in the area and in his ideal world he’d like to see some astro-turf pitches installed, while Kia told me that where facilities are available they are sometimes too expensive for some people who simply cannot afford to use them all the time. I can’t wait to receive their letter and as soon as I do, I’ve promised I’ll raise it directly with council bosses to see what can be done.”
The visit to Parliament coincided with the re-launch of their own school council as a school senate which takes place during tutor times.