Sutton’s Top Debaters Practice their Skills during visit to Parliament

9th August 2016

Debating students from Sutton’s secondary schools were welcomed to the Palace of Westminster by their Member of Parliament, Andrew Mitchell.

Following an invitation from Sutton Coldfield’s MP, students who took part in this year’s Inter-Schools Debating competition travelled to the Houses of Parliament as part of a celebration of the annual event organised by Mr Mitchell. On Monday 4 July, students from Sutton Coldfield’s secondary schools and Birmingham Metropolitan College visited Westminster for a tour of the Palace followed by a lunch and Q and A session with their MP.

On the first day back in Parliament following the tumultuous deliberations of who will stand for leadership of the Conservative Party, Mr Mitchell joined his young constituents to answer their questions about the political system and the implications of the country’s vote to leave the European Union. Mr Mitchell’s inquisitive constituents had many tough questions about recent political developments.

Following a lively debate, Mr Mitchell invited the school pupils and their teachers to watch from the Public Gallery of the House of Commons while the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, answered Oral Questions from other MPs.

Following their visit, Andrew Mitchell said, “I always look forward to welcoming the debaters to the Houses of Parliament. I hope they enjoyed their day at Westminster.”

“I would like to extend a special thanks to the Birmingham Metropolitan College – without whose sponsorship this visit would not have been possible – as well as the Arthur Terry School who hosted the 2016 Competition and helped to organise this trip.”

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with the Sutton Coldfield Debaters andaccompanying staff