Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council visits MP in Houses of Parliament
PUBLISHED: 13:46 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:46 02 March 2016
The Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council met local MP Grant Shapps at the Houses of Parliament for a question and answer session.
The ten youth councillors started their meeting with the Welwyn Hatfield MP by outlining their priorities, before putting questions to him on health, politics, education and anti-social behaviour.
Notably hard-hitting questions for Mr Shapps included: what he personally planned to do about mental health support for young people in the borough, particularly in schools; how he planned to make politics more accessible for young people; and whether he perceived that there was a stigma around vocational qualifications compared to university education.
The session on February 23 finished with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament.
Eponine Laming-Nash, 16, said: “It was a pleasure to meet him [Grant Shapps] and he was a very down to earth individual. He was very honest in his answers which made the whole experience more enjoyable.”
Holli Hackworth, 12, added: ‘I felt privileged to meet Grant Shapps. He answered our questions openly and made sure we felt welcome. It was a great experience.”
The day was organised by the youth and sports partnerships team at Welwyn Hatfield Council, which also runs the Youth Council.