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London Houses of Parliament Trip

Following their work with The University of Salford and NHS England last year, 10C were invited on a trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament and see how their influence can make a difference.

Following a morning of sightseeing, we arrived at Portcullis House and were met by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport. We were given the privilege of sitting in one of the conference rooms which are often seen on TV, for our chat with Ann. James even sat at the head of the table and chaired the meeting! Ann gave us an insight into what being an MP is all about, how she got to be and MP and how the opinions of young people can really make a difference. Moorside High Students asked insightful questions on many issues including Brexit, climate change and the workings of Parliament.

We then headed over to the Houses of Parliament for our tour. Our tour guide Margaret was full of interesting knowledge about the history and traditions of the building. We visited the grand entrance lobby, the robing room where the Queen gets ready each year before opening Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Interestingly, the Houses of Parliament has a distinct colour scheme; The House of Commons being green and the House of Lords being red. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photographs within the Houses of Parliament, however we all felt very privileged to have such an in depth tour of such an interesting and important building.

The day was an eye opening experience for Moorside High students; many of whom had never been to London before and most of whom did not know much about the UK's democratic system. The day has proven to us that young people really can make a difference in politics and that their opinion really matters.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the University of Salford, NHS England and specifically Andrew Rowland, Joan Livesley and Katie Regan for allowing us to be part of the project.

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