Earlier this month, at the invitation of Sutton Coldfield’s MP, students from Sutton’s secondary schools 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 Andrew Mitchell MP.
On Monday 6th July, students from six of Sutton Coldfield’s secondary schools and Birmingham Metropolitan College visited Westminster for a tour of the Houses of Parliament and enjoyed a lunch and QandA session with Andrew Mitchell MP.
The students heard from Mr Mitchell about Parliamentary democracy and the principle role of a Member of Parliament; to represent his or her constituents. This was followed by a series of questions which covered a variety of topics including a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, the recent General Election and the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
To complete their experience the students were able to watch from the Public Gallery of the House of Commons while the Home Secretary, Theresa May answered Oral Questions from other MPs. This was followed by statements by the Home Secretary on violence against women and modern slavery.
Andrew Mitchell MP, said “It is wonderful to be able to give the Sutton Coldfield Debaters the opportunity to visit Parliament and learn about the history of this place, whilst also seeing how the institution works in practice.”
“Huge thanks must go to Birmingham Metropolitan College without whose continued sponsorship these wonderful visits could not happen.”
Next year’s hosts will be Arthur Terry School, with the event taking place on Thursday 25th February 2016.
Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with the Sutton Coldfield Debaters and accompanying staff from Arthur Terry School and Birmingham Metropolitan College