RORY STEWART MP LEADS POLITICAL DEBATE AT KIRKBY STEPHEN PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Rory Stewart MP at Kirkby Stephen Primary School

Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday visited Kirkby Stephen Primary School, where he enjoyed a tour of the school, meetings with staff, and introductions to pupils both in the classroom and in assembly, where he led an energetic debate on the role of politicians and politics, the process of passing laws, and the needs of a rural constituency. The group covered topics as diverse as taxation, party politics, and community engagement. The local MP also enjoyed seeing the Eden Rivers Trust leading a Year 4 class on river management (picture attached.)

Rory was invited to the school by Year 5 teacher Hannah Cleasby and her class, who are preparing for British Values and Multicultural Week at the end of this month, and who are studying issues such as the rule of law and the meaning of democracy.

The students were so excited about Rory’s visit that they immediately wrote him a letter of thanks, saying:  “Thank you so much for coming to Kirkby Stephen Primary School. We really enjoyed your visit and how you explained to us about your very important job and what it is like being an MP. We are grateful that you have shown us that being an MP is hard work and not as easy as it looks. We learnt that it is a complicated process passing a law that will benefit us. We also realised that being an MP could be an extremely scary and risky experience because you might not always be popular. Additionally, we found out that it can be difficult to make decisions as people may disagree with your choices. Finally, we discovered that you cannot just tax the people of Britain whenever you want. To sum up, we would like to say a HUGE thank you for giving up your precious time to come and visit our school, we really appreciate it. We have learnt a massive amount from your talk. We hope you will come and visit us again soon.Thank you so much for coming to Kirkby Stephen Primary School. We really enjoyed your visit and how you explained to us about your very important job and what it is like being an MP.”Rory said: “I was enormously impressed by all that the staff and students of KSPS are achieving. Small schools like these perform such a very important role in Cumbrian education. There was a great atmosphere in the school, and I felt that it was a wonderful space for children to learn, play and interact. I’d like to congratulate all the staff on creating such a great environment where children can strive and succeed to fulfil their goals.”rory_ksps_2

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Rory Stewart MP at Kirkby Stephen Primary School

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