Thanks to Stradbroke Primary School for having me in this Thursday to talk to an audience of Year 6 pupils. These assemblies are a great opportunity to talk to them about the importance of democracy, our British values and the role of elected representatives. I try and give the children an impression of what it’s like to be an MP, how and why I came to be involved in politics and my day-to-day role in Westminster.
We talked about the kind of changes politics can bring, from decisions as big as whether to go to war down to how often their bins are collected.
As well as a short talk about my job and the role of Parliament, I asked the pupils about what kind of laws they’d make or change if they had the chance, with some interesting responses as usual.
The children felt, as I do, that people working in the NHS deserve our support and a pay rise, because of all the good they do in our country. They said the same about teachers, because without them there wouldn't be people doing jobs we all rely on, like doctors and nurses.
I also really loved seeing the Easter displays the kids created, and you can see a few great examples above.
Thanks to Stephen Nash at Stradbroke for helping to organise the event, and I look forward to visiting again soon.