Local schools launch lively debate in Parliament

Alyn & Deeside secondary schools have been getting a taster for political debate by visiting local MP Mark Tami at work in Westminster.

Recently, groups of sixth formers from the Elfed High School, Buckley and Connah’s Quay High School have enjoyed a tour of Parliament coupled with the opportunity to raise any issues.

Buckley students also had the opportunity to meet and quiz Chancellor Gordon Brown’s Parliamentary Private Secretary, Ann Keen who grew up in Ewloe and is a former Elfed pupil.

Mr Tami commented, “There is much speculation in the media and from some politicians that the younger generation aren’t interested in politics but the Alyn and Deeside sixth formers that have visited Parliament have proved to be lively and engaging on political issues.

The students raised concerns and discussed a variety of matters from Europe to education to lowering the voting age.

Too often, parliament appears to be far removed from the lives of ordinary people yet what goes on there affects everyone. I am keen to make parliament accessible to local people and am always pleased to encourage schools – primary and secondary – to come and visit.”

The Alyn & Deeside MP recently raised the matter of making parliament more accessible to school and student groups during questions in the House of Commons Chamber and if any other local schools or similar wish to visit please contact the Westminster office on 0207 219 8174.