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Lessons about life in Parliament

Crawshaw 6th Form welcome Stuart Andrew MP

Crawshaw welcomed local MP Stuart Andrew (Cons) on Friday 27th January to address a group of 6th Form students about his life as a parliamentarian.  This included a question & answer session where students asked him about issues covered within his address as well as topical questions relating to the Government and current / proposed policy.  Mr Andrew was welcomed at the school by Luke Leung, a 6th Form representative and Joanna Ruse, Headteacher (pictured below.)  Mrs Ruse said "We were thrilled today to host a visit from Stuart Andrew and can't thank him enough for facing challenging questions in such an honest and engaging way.  The students have benefited a great deal from the experience and we would welcome a return in the future" 

Stuart Andrew MP with Luke Leung and Joanna Ruse

Stuart addressed a group of thirty students about a typical week in his professional life including current issues that he is working on and his experiences as a parliamentarian both in Westminster and back in his constituency.  The students and staff present questioned him on a range of topics which included tuition fees, economic conditions in the UK & Europe, the Leveson enquiry, bankers bonuses, electoral voting systems, the effect of  the rise in pension age on youth employment opportunities and access to the Prime Minister, to name but a few.   After the event, Helen Hopkins, the Academic Mentor for Key Stage 5 spoke to students and gathered their views.  Students said they found the visit "really interesting" and that it had "offered a good insight into politics."  The students also commented that Stuart "seemed really challenged by some of the questions, but had an answer for all of them even if it wasn't always what we wanted to hear!"  The school is now planning to follow this event up with a visit to London where Mr Andrew has kindly offered to arrange a tour of Westminster for a group of Crawshaw students.  We will, of course, bring news about this as it happens.