Kirkby College students pay a visit to Parliament to meet MP Gloria De Piero

Gloria visit
Gloria visit

Students from Kirkby College were given the opportunity to see democracy in action during a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

Almost 30 teenagers travelled down to London to visit Westminster on Thursday to find out more about the democratic process and the role of an MP as part of their work on citizenship.

During their visit they took a tour of the parliamentary estate and they were given a talk on the history and the role of Parliament.

They also quizzed their MP Gloria De Piero on a range of topics including long-term youth unemployment, university tuition fees, what qualifications are needed to become an MP, how much politicians get paid and what the hardest aspect of being an MP is.

Speaking afterwards, Gloria said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the teenagers and their teachers down to Westminster.

“Parliament should be accessible to everyone and not just a select few and these visits are a great way of opening it up and showing people exactly what goes on here.

“I hope it helped bring politics to life and out of the classroom and into the real world.”

She added that the students had been armed with a series of ‘tough questions’.

“I can definitely see a future in politics or journalism for some of them if they carry on like that,” she said.

“The students were a credit to their school and I had a great time talking to them about all of the work I do for Ashfield as their local MP.”

Yesterday, teacher Sam Melvin, who had travelled to London with the students, said: “I don’t think a lot of them were aware of these things before.

“It was really good and their behaviour was fantastic.

“We also had a sight-seeing tour on the coach and they thought it was fantastic. It was something they don’t normally get to do.”