MP drops in for Par­lia­ment Week

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS -

PO­LIT­I­CAL pupils have been learn­ing about the work­ings of gov­ern­ment dur­ing Par­lia­ment Week.

At Tyther­ing­ton School Cheshire East Coun­cil­lors were in­vited in for a grilling from stu­dents in an event in the style of BBC One’s Ques­tion Time.

The panel in­cluded Labour Coun­cil­lor Neil Puttick, Coun Hilda Gad­dum for the Con­ser­va­tives, in­de­pen­dent Craig Browne and head­teacher Em­manuel Botwe chaired the event.

Among the top­ics raised by young­sters were low­er­ing the vot­ing age, home­less­ness in Mac­cles­field and the in­flu­ence of the me­dia on the elec­torate.

But the most con­tentious de­bate fol­lowed ques­tions about Brexit.

Mr Botwe said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the coun­cil­lors who took part. They were great sports.

“The stan­dard of ques­tion­ing in the de­bate from our stu­dents was tremen­dous. We look for­ward to do­ing this again soon.”

Also as part of Par­lia­ment week pupils at Ver­non Pri­mary, in Poyn­ton, hosted a visit by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley.

He spoke to the chil­dren about his work in Par­lia­ment and the im­por­tance of the United King­dom’s demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

Mr Rut­ley was also quizzed by the young­sters about na­tional and lo­cal is­sues as well as what he does to rep­re­sent Poyn­ton’s in­ter­ests.

Speak­ing af­ter his visit, he said: “It was great to once again visit Ver­non Pri­mary School to speak with pupils about our democ­racy ahead of Par­lia­ment Week.

“I was very im­pressed by the in­ter­est­ing and thought­ful ques­tions I was asked, and con­grat­u­late staff at the school for get­ting in­volved with Par­lia­ment Week.

“I en­cour­age other lo­cal schools to par­tic­i­pate in this pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive go­ing for­ward.”

Now in its eighth year, UK Par­lia­ment Week is an an­nual event or­gan­ised by the UK Par­lia­ment Ed­u­ca­tion and En­gage­ment Team aimed pri­mar­ily at young­sters.

MP David Rut­ley with pupils and staff at Ver­non Pri­mary

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