Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently welcomed a party of 32 students from Beauchamps High School when they paid a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
The students, who are studying the work of Parliament as part of the citizenship element of the curriculum, were taken on a tour of the Palace of Westminster, during which time they were able to witness a debate taking place in the House of Commons.
Mark then met the pupils at the recently opened Parliamentary Education Centre, a purpose designed building for introducing school parties to the structure and operation of Parliament. Mark spent time undertaking a question and answer session with the young people, during which he responded on subjects ranging from Brexit and immigration to the US Presidential election and events in Syria. Speaking about the visit by Beauchamps High School Mark said:
“It was a real pleasure to welcome these young people to Parliament and to see the new multi-million pound education centre being put to such good use. The group told me they had really enjoyed their tour and I was impressed by the quality of the questions which they came up with afterwards. I look forward to remaining in touch with the school in the future.”