Houses of Parliament Visit

This week our Academic scholars visited the Houses of Parliament.
First stop on the itinerary was a trip on the London Eye, giving students the chance to view the city skyline. After this, they walked across Westminster Bridge and passed through security in the Palace of Westminster. During the tour, students learnt about the history of the buildings and were able to wander through the House of Lords Chamber.
A highlight was the opportunity to sit in the House of Commons Public Gallery and watch the debate between Savid Javid MP, the Health Secretary and Wes Streeting MP, his shadow opposition counterpart. The Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, had to step in to remind them of procedure- truly this was a fantastic opportunity to learn.
After the tour, the Parliament team delivered a debating workshop for our students, with each group given the chance to discuss topical issues, including the right to vote for under 16s and free public transport for under 18s.
At the end of the day, our local MP, Alicia Kearns MP joined us for a Q&A session, giving us an insight into the many aspects of an MPs job.
The day was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about the British Parliament and the process of how law-making works. Thank you to the staff who helped make this trip possible.