The school council (over 100 students) at Abbey Park School had an opportunity to put their questions to North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson after he paid the school a visit this morning.
Justin gave a speech on his role as an MP and how he splits his time between Swindon and Westminster, before opening up the floor to questions from the pupils, covering a wide variety of issues including climate change, social care, and the economic recovery from Covid.
Following this, Justin then ran an interactive mock election experience with the students taking on the role of their own made-up political parties, with speeches appealing for support, mock interviews with local newspapers and a debate. Voting was decisive, with the Pasta Party winning over two-thirds of the votes cast.
Justin said: “I always enjoy visiting schools and meeting the fantastic students. It’s great to see the children so engaged and excited to learn about how politics works in the UK. I hope their enthusiasm and interest in politics will continue.”