Student spends a day at Parliament

March 14, 2013 6:47 PM

Me and Anna during her visit to ParliamentLocal student joined the Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake for a day of work at the Parliament last week.

Anna Cole, from Carshalton High School for Girls, spent a day shadowing Tom Brake MP and learning about the work of an MP and the inner workings of the government. The event was organised to mark the International Women's Day.

Tom said:

"I was honoured to welcome Anna to the Parliament to mark the International Women's Day. Engaging more young women in politics is crucial if we are to see more women in government and in leadership positions in general. "

"To be a truly representative legislative body, the Parliament simply must include more women. Initiatives like the shadowing experience provide a great opportunity to inspire and engage a generation of young women."

As part of the experience students from across the UK were able to meet their MP and join them for their engagements during the day. They were also given the chance to tour 10 Downing Street and the Parliament. The day ended with an afternoon reception, during which Anna and Tom met other participants and had the opportunity to swap stories about their day.

Anna said:

"I had a great day in Parliament and shadowing Tom Brake; it was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a once in a life time opportunity and I'm so glad I was given the chance."

Tom added:

"I wish Anna all the best for her studies and for her future career. It has been a real pleasure to have her shadow me for a day. I hope her experience gave her a positive impression of Parliament"

The shadowing experience was organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women in Parliament, in partnership with Parliament's Workplace Equality Network (WEN) for Gender Equality. As well as celebrating the International Women's Day, the event aimed to inspire young women from all walks of life.

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