Julian Smith hosts School Leaders' Lunch

Julian Smith MP recently hosted his annual School Leaders’ Lunch, which brings together student leaders and headteachers from secondary schools in Skipton and Ripon. Ten schools were represented at the meal in Burnsall and the event was kindly sponsored by a company from Skipton, Principle Healthcare.

During the meal, Mr Smith spoke about his role as MP for the area before taking questions from the students. The questions covered topics such as future energy policy, the EU referendum and selective schools.

The pupils also heard from brothers Phil and Andrew Davies, who are both involved in running their family business, Principle Healthcare. They each gave an insight into their respective roles and gave advice on how graduates, apprentices and school leavers can succeed in their business environment. As an example, they spoke about a previous student who had attended the lunch and is now about to start a one-year industry placement with the company.

Julian Smith MP said: "It was a pleasure to meet these great, talented students. They travelled with their teachers from across the constituency to take part and I thought they asked me some excellent questions about the issues that matter to them. Talking to each of the students, I was struck by their diverse interests and impressive prospects. I wish them all the very best for the future, particularly those with exams coming up."