Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, hosted Year 6 students from Blackboys Church of England Primary School and Framfield Church of England Primary School from Uckfield in Parliament this week.
The visit, which involved workshops in Parliament’s Education Centre, as well as a tour of the House of Commons itself, was part of the students Citizenship studies. The students also visited the House of Lords as part of their tour.
Alongside their tour, they also met Nus Ghani, who took part in a question-and-answer session with the students: responding to their concerns as some of her younger constituents. They also got a taste of a day in the life of a Member of Parliament.
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, said: “It was a pleasure to take tough and interesting questions from such a bright group of students: from plastics to school funding, knife crime, and, of course, Brexit, they really put me through my paces!
“The students were particularly concerned, as well all are, at the threat of man-made climate change, and the rising levels of plastic pollution in the ocean.
“I was delighted to be able to share with them my work as Maritime Minister, and the key role that the U.K is playing in reducing emissions from ships through setting up the Clean Maritime Council.
“The Clean Maritime Council will devise a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector and improve air quality in our waterways, ports and shipping lanes: a vital step in the right direction, which directly addresses these young people’s concerns.
“The council will be looking at innovative and practical ways to reduce emissions from the sector.
“I’m proud of the level of knowledge the students commanded on the environment, and all these other issues.
“It is a testament to the education they are receiving at Blackboys and Framfield: these year 6 students are a credit to their teachers and their schools.
“I’m very grateful for the inspirational leadership their teachers are providing in our community, something that Wealden will reap dividends from for many years to come.
“Hosting groups like this, who are so informed and engaged with the political process is one of the real perks of the job for me!”