It was refreshing to meet a class of Year 5 students from Allenby Primary School on 26th November.
Young children are very inquisitive and it’s always a pleasure to meet them and answer their questions. I have a special attachment to Allenby Primary School as my two grandchildren used to attend it, so today’s meeting brought back good memories.
I talked to the students about my role as MP representing Ealing Southall and told them a bit about my background as former Mayor and Councillor. I, then, invited them to ask any question they had on their minds and the range of questions I was asked was very interesting.
I was also asked about who inspired me to be in the political sphere and I replied, saying it was my father, his values and the way he wanted to make society a better place for the community.
I was very impressed with these young children who have a wide general knowledge about the particular issues in their locality. They are very aware of what’s happening to the health service, the downgrading of the A&E at Ealing Hospital, and issues relating to the widening of pavements.
At the end of our session, we took a group photo as a souvenir. I hope that this meeting was as much of a good experience for the children as it was for me!