It was great to be back at Hele’s School in Plympton on Friday. I enjoyed taking part in a quiz made by the students and speaking with them about politics and the upcoming elections.
Since I was elected, it has been important to me to build from the ground up and I have found that one of the impactful pathways of doing so is through schools. This is why I was so pleased that students from Year 8 to Year 13 were volunteering to stay back, after school, for a special session asking me questions. An exceptional and real commitment showing that young people have a real curiosity for what decisions are being taken by MPs and how it affects them.
Students asked me a range of questions, and we discussed topics such as defence and LGBT issues, with a focus on trans healthcar. In addition to Gaza, homelessness and voting. As an MP, it was refreshing to hear their thoughts as well as their insights in their questioning.
There will be elections in Plymouth in May where we will elect local councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner. I want there to be a General Election there too to offer a fresh start for Britain.