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Parliament Trip gets Students’ Vote

Politics students debate with Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP.

Our Politics A level wouldn’t feel complete without a visit to the Houses of Parliament. So Notre Dame’s students travelled to London on Monday 29 April for a grand tour, and to meet with the Right Honourable Hilary Benn MP.

Mr Benn encouraged our students to engage in a lively discussion while they visited a committee room overlooking the Thames. Hot topics included Brexit, voting systems, air pollution and poor public transport in Leeds, as well as Extinction Rebellion and direct action generally. One of our students, Macsen Tiffany, pressed Mr Benn to take access to music lessons and tuition more seriously for children from deprived backgrounds.

In addition to touring the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Hall, our students got to see Portcullis House where MPs have their offices. They also walked around Whitehall, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

Politics teacher Dr Warnes said, ‘We were hoping to meet privately with both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to advise them on the Brexit deal, but sadly we didn’t get the chance.’