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Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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Brake venture into the Bear pit!

March 16, 2004 12:00 AM

Tom Brake was the key note speaker for around one hundred Sixth Formers at Wilson's School, Mollison Drive, Wallington on Monday 15th March 2004.

In a brief presentation, Mr Brake outlined the competing demands on an MP's time; constituency, parliament, party and portfolio.

In a lively Q&A session after his speech, Mr Brake had to field questions on issues as diverse as Lib Dem policy on top-up fees, plans to re-locate the Treasury away from London and what qualifications are needed to become an MP.

Mr Brake said, "The schools locally always provide a vigorous challenge. Wilson's was no exception. The students did not pull their punches in their line of questioning. I felt like the Prime Minister at Prime Minister's Question Time."