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Parkside Pupils Quiz MP

Posted on: November 7th, 2016

From the American election campaign, to the idiosyncrasies of the House of Commons – school pupils left no stone unturned when they quizzed their local MP.

North West Durham MP Pat Glass said she was impressed by the insightful questions posed by pupils at Parkside Academy in Willington during her visit today (Friday).

Mrs Glass, Labour’s new shadow transport minister, spoke to year ten and 11 pupils about her role as an MP, growing up in Esh Winning and how her support for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa sparked her interest in politics.

The youngsters were then given the chances to ask questions and quizzed Mrs Glass on a range of topics including Brexit, the Trident nuclear programme, Donald Trump and getting lost in the House of Commons.

Mrs Glass urged the pupils to make their voices heard, adding: “Politics is relevant to us all. It’s about whether you can get a house, buy a car and get someone to look after your kids when you go to work.”

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