Sixth formers from St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls were treated to a Q&A session with Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake during a visit to Parliament.
During their visit, the group of Year 12s toured the Houses of Parliament and dropped in on a debate in the Commons on cancer priorities. Following their tour, the students took part in an interactive workshop where they explored the workings of Parliamentary elections. Mr Brake then popped in to welcome the students to Westminster and to answer some of the questions they had for him.
When asked whether Lord’s Reform will feature in the Queen’s speech this year, Tom admitted that although he cannot say what the speech will include, he was not “obsessed” with constitutional reform. He added that although he would like to see reform of the House of Lords, concerns such as saving St Helier Hospital are “a much higher priority”.
The enthusiastic students were pleased by Mr Brake’s response and were quick to capitalise on it by asking for an update on his campaign to Save St Helier. Tom said “it’s like a roller-coaster, as we take two steps forward, news from elsewhere sends us one step back. A solution needs to be found by our local GPs, which sadly will be a lengthy and costly process.”
After the session, Tom said “it was great to meet such a keen and engaged group of students. They were a credit to St Philomena’s and I sincerely hope to see those who asked about interning at my office, getting some hands-on political experience in the summer.”