Youngsters fire hard-hitting questions at Welwyn Hatfield MP

PUBLISHED: 15:43 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 18 January 2018

The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and Grant Shapps in Parliament. Picture: Supplied.

The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council and Grant Shapps in Parliament. Picture: Supplied.

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A group of youth councillors visited Parliament to ask Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps a number of hard-hitting questions about Donald Trump and suicide prevention.

The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council. Picture: Supplied.The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council. Picture: Supplied.

The 16 Welwyn Hatfield youth councillors asked Mr Shapps, on Tuesday, January 16, about a range of topics, including changes to GCSE grades, school uniform rules, the first past the post voting system, immigration, apprentices, Donald Trump, and suicide prevention.

The visit followed the youth councillors’ attendance of a cabinet meeting at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, where they got to see democracy in action at a local level.

After the question and answer session the youngsters received a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament.

Sophie Bex, a Year 8 student at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, said: “I enjoyed the day because I got to know the other members of the Youth Council better and also it was a great opportunity to meet MP Grant Shapps and have a tour of Houses of Parliament.”

Caitlin Gardner, a Year 10 student at Onslow St Audrey’s School, said: “I enjoyed it because I got an opportunity to meet with MP Grant Shapps and to ask him questions.

“I also got to learn some really interesting history about Westminster.”

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “I know that youth councillors always get a lot out of the visit to Parliament in terms of understanding politics and democracy at a local and national level.

“It’s important we teach our young people about politics in an interesting, engaging way so they understand the processes and how they can be involved from voting to participating.”

Mr Shapps said: “It was great to welcome the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council to Parliament to discuss their upcoming #JUSTTALK campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health with teenage boys in schools across Hertfordshire.

“Mental health is such an important issue and I’m delighted to give my full support to this fantastic campaign.

“I also took part in a question and answer, with some excellent questions from the Youth Council about my job as the Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield.

“It’s hugely inspiring to see young people with an active interest in politics and how our country is governed.”

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