rory celebrates ‘parliament week’ with penruddock primary school
Rory was delighted to accept an invitation from the pupils of Penruddock Primary School to visit them on Friday and celebrate ‘Parliament Week’ in their school.
Running this year from 19 – 25 November, Parliament Week is a national initiative coordinated by the House of Commons and the House of Lords with the aim of raising awareness about democracy and democratic institutions in the UK. Pupils from Penruddock’s School Council used the event to put together a list of questions to ask Rory, in order to better understand the life and work of an MP. Questions were wide-ranging – from “What is the best/worst thing about being an MP?” to “What is the food like in the Houses of Parliament?” – often putting their MP on the spot in a way that a more typical interview perhaps would not!
Speaking afterwards, Rory said: “I had a great time celebrating Parliament Week at Penruddock School today. I was hugely impressed by the students’ understanding of democracy and our democratic institutions, and I am always thrilled to see young people engaged in political issues. Opportunities that encourage young people to engage with the political process, whatever their age, should always be encouraged. I hope that this event has heightened their interest, and will help encourage them to stay in touch with politics as they get older, and to continue challenging their Member of Parliament of course!”