The Nottingham Emmanuel School in West Bridgford received a visit from Lilian Greenwood MP, who took a tour of the school and talked at length with Sixth Form students about the current political climate and topics close to their hearts.
Lilian Greenwood MP serves as the Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South and said that politicians should be approachable to constituents.
“It was really good to come along and chat to the Sixth Form about issues that they’re interested in. They had some really good questions! There was such a broad range of things that they wanted to ask about.” The students asked questions about many topics ranging from the impact of the EU on fisheries and on a personal note, what Lilian would do if she became Prime Minister. “They were really engaged and it was fantastic for me to be able to talk to young people in the constituency about the things that matter to them.”
Martin Skinner, (Nottingham Emmanuel Teacher of Religious Studies & Sixth Form Service and Leadership Development) said that the students were a credit to the school, showing passion and commitment to being well informed. “It was a great pleasure to see the group of Sixth Form students interviewing Lillian Greenwood MP. They showed a great level of knowledge and insight into the political landscape and had a meaningful and in depth meeting in which they discussed a range of issues from Europe to opportunities for young people.”
Niall Ruane (Careers & Employability Champion) agreed. “The students acquitted themselves well, asking thoughtful questions on a range of topics including the UK economy and the incumbent government’s role in this, the upcoming EU referendum and its potential impact on society, the new labour leadership and the unity of the party. Lilian Greenwood MP offered a clear insight to the students on her views about these topics, demonstrating how issues are discussed and dealt with in office. It was a valuable experience for our students and a chance for our politicians to measure just how important and relevant these unfolding current events are to future generations.”
Post 16 students Benjamin King and Niamh Shewell-Cooper said they had enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions. Ben said, “This was a great opportunity to gain more of an understanding and a clearer insight into current political issues especially around the upcoming EU referendum.” Fellow student Niamh said that the discussion had helped to clarify some topical debates. “Meeting Lilian Greenwood was a great opportunity to further understand the issues surrounding the EU referendum. Hearing her opinion and the reasons behind it helped me to make up my own mind about the referendum even if I can’t vote in it. I also love meeting the people who represent us in Parliament; it puts a face to the names we see so much and makes me feel like they respect the opinions of us as young people.”