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Blackpool school children take in Parliament past and present with Gordon

School children from Blackpool have been discovering more about Parliament past and present with Gordon on a special visit to Westminster. Schools_visit_to_Westminster.jpg

The pupils from Hawes Side Academy, St Nicholas C of E Primary and Layton Primary were taken around Parliament - watching debates in the public galleries of both the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as taking in the history of Westminster Hall.

Gordon then met them at the state of the art Parliamentary Education Centre where he was quizzed by the children, including being asked how many rooms there were in the whole of the Parliament.

Gordon, who is also Chairman of the History of Parliament Trust said: “It was great to welcome the children and talk to them about the role of Parliament and my job as a Blackpool MP and also a Shadow Minister.

“I met them in our new Parliamentary Education Centre where they asked me some really thoughtful questions. I am passionate about young people getting out-of-school learning opportunities and visits like this one to Westminster are a great way of engaging students from Blackpool in the parliamentary process.”

Andy Mellor, headteacher at St Nicholas added: “The visit was a really important part of our work on British Values, and especially on the elements of democracy and the rule of law. The new Education Centre in Parliament is a really useful resource for schools, showing the children how laws are made, and the Centre works hand in hand with serving MPs like Gordon who was able to have a Q&A session there with the pupils.”

Mr Mellor said it had been “a long day” starting at 7am and finishing at 1115 pm, but added that the children “thoroughly enjoyed it". They will now be doing a presentation to the other pupils at school following their return from the trip.

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