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Visit to Villiers High School

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Today I went to Villiers High School to try to give the students a better insight into politics. It is always a great pleasure for me to meet young people, who are the future voters and change makers.

I had a brief meeting with 3 GCSE students who are members of the Junior Leader Team and I was very impressed with the work they are doing in their citizenship programme. They have a particular interest in animal rights and have taken initiatives to raise awareness by selling ribbons.

Afterwards, I had a meeting with Politics students who are currently doing their AS. First of all, I told them about my journey, how I started off as a bus conductor in 1968, become a booking clerk, got involved in the trade union and then joined the Labour party, before becoming an MP in 2007. I told them about the particular social issues in which I’m interested and encouraged them to follow their passion as well.

The students asked me a number of questions and I tried my best to answer them to their satisfaction. Being students of Politics, they had very pertinent questions relating to what’s happening on a national basis and asked about lowering the voting age to 16.

It’s always heartening to see keen young people engaged in politics and I am sure that they will be active, involved members of their community and will have a bright future.

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