15th July 2013

 

8 students from Stradbroke High School spent a fascinating morning being shown around the Houses of Parliament before meeting local MP (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich) Dr Daniel Poulter for a question and answer session near his offices in Portcullis House. 

 

The students enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the Houses of Parliament, spending time in the Queen’s robing room before being shown around the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  They were given a detailed history of the building and the roots of British Democracy, something they were then able to further explore when they were invited to ask Dr Poulter about a range of current topical issues including the UK’s position within the European Union, current concerns surrounding health care in hospitals, gay marriage and the problems caused by insufficient rural WiFi coverage. 

Dr Poulter was able to reassure pupils that better Wi-Fi for Suffolk was imminent and that rural issues were at the heart of his belief that Britain should maintain its trading relationship with Europe for many reasons, not least the fact that so many farmers depend on this trade and its accompanying agricultural policy.  Dr Poulter answered all the questions raised and spent time explaining some parliamentary procedure before presenting each student with a personalised certificate to reward their participation.

 

S. Moss

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