Local MP Vicky Ford hosted 14 students from Chelmsford and the surrounding areas to give them a taste of life as a politician in Westminster and her parliamentary constituency.
In Westminster, the students toured both Houses of Parliament; sat in on the work of Select Committees; and watched debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
In Chelmsford, the students experienced life in a busy MP’s constituency office and took part in workshops on social media – even offering advice and tips to the MP, - local constituency casework and writing letters and press releases.
They also got a taste of how Mrs Ford works together with local government during a visit to Essex County Council where they put questions to Councillors John Spence and Dick Madden.
Megan Blore, year 12 student at Great Baddow High School, said “it has been a really fascinating and enjoyable insight into the life of an MP and now I’m even more excited to study Politics at university.”
Mrs Ford added it has been the “most fantastic few days” for her because she could hear from the voters of tomorrow and get their opinions on what is important to them that politicians should focus on.
Mrs Ford looks forward to welcoming more students into her work experience programme next summer.
This press release was written by Megan Blore, Year 12 pupil at Great Baddow High School. Megan is sharing her views about a recent a work experience programme she undertook with Chelmsford MP, Vicky Ford.
Well done Megan!