Julian enjoyed welcoming students and staff from South Craven School today as part of their trip to the Houses of Parliament.
After a tour and workshop delivered by the Education Centre, Julian sat down with over thirty students to talk about his work as a Member of Parliament and answer some questions.
Topics ranged from the landmark Windsor Framework agreement and the Energy Bill currently making its way through Parliament, to discussions on improving people’s engagement with politics and advice for students making decisions about university.
The group was led by Wendy Hamilton, Head of Humanities at South Craven School, who Julian was pleased to meet again, having also welcomed her to Westminster earlier this year as part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme.
South Craven School are also one of seventeen local schools and community groups who have signed up to take part in UK Parliament Week, which falls on the 6-12 November.
The week aims to inspire a wider interest in parliament, politics and democracy, with 1.2 million people already signed up to take part in over 11,000 activities.
Julian Smith said, “It was brilliant to see South Craven students today and speak to them about my role as their MP and answer some questions.
“We had some really interesting discussions not just on policy but also more generally on some of their future plans.
“Having visited just weeks before UK Parliament Week, it was a great opportunity for everyone to find out a little bit more about how our democratic system and institutions work.”