Yesterday, I was delighted to welcome to Parliament a group of Year 6 pupils from St White's Primary School in Cinderford.
A group of 20 students were on a school visit to London, and they were able to take advantage of the Parliamentary Education Service's fantastic school programme. The students were shown around the the Houses of Parliament before holding their own mock election, in anticipation of the General Election on the 8th of June.
I dropped in for a Question and Answer session with the school, where I briefly explained my role as an MP and a typical day in the House of Commons before opening up the floor to questions. Their political knowledge was excellent, and they asked a wide range of well thought out questions, ranging from topics like building more homes through to the upcoming General Election.
I would like to extend my thanks to the excellent staff of the Education Service, who always put on a engaging and enjoyable experience. It is important that Parliament is open to everyone, and I would encourage as many schools as possible to come for a visit.
Should the people of the Forest of Dean return me as their Member of Parliament on the 8th of June, I would be delighted invite classes of any age group to Westminster to experience our political system first hand.