Parliamentary candidate Martin Vickers meets Year 12 and 13 Politics students at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College to celebrate UK Parliament Week. With them are Sixth Form Head, Christina Hook (right) and Deputy Head, Richard Foster (left).
Parliamentary candidate Martin Vickers visited Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College to talk to Politics students for UK Parliament Week.
UK Parliament Week is an annual celebration when people all over the United Kingdom take part in activities to explore the work and role of the UK Parliament and democracy.
"I encouraged the students to vote when they are old enough and to get involved with political parties because that is the way to affect change," he said.
Mr Vickers met current Year 12 and 13 Politics students for a Q&A session where he faced questions including: How do you see the role of Parliament? How did you get into Politics? Following Brexit, do you feel that Politics is currently more adversarial than ever before? Is it more important for MPs to follow their conscience or to represent the views of their constituents? What careers are available in Politics? How have you been personally involved in passing legislation?
He also delivered an assembly to the whole of Year 13 outlining the role of the UK Parliament and its main work to: Make and shape laws (legislation); Check and challenge the work of the Government (scrutiny); Debate the big issues that can affect us all (representation).
A key message to the students regarded the importance of using your vote as a powerful way of influencing Parliament. Mr Vickers explained the process of how individual votes decide who represents us in the House of Commons and how the number of MPs from each party decide who governs.
Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College Deputy Head, Richard Foster said: "Given that many of our Year 13 students are for the first time eligible to vote, the discussions with Martin Vickers proved timely in helping them to better understand the work of the UK Parliament and their role in the democratic process.
"We feel really privileged to have been visited by the two politicians who have most recently represented our two local constituencies, following the visit of Melanie Onn in March this year. We very much hope these sessions encourage our students to become more actively engaged in the political processes that will shape their lives."
Martin Vickers chats with Year 12 and 13 students about the importance of the UK Parliament.