Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, visited St Godric’s RCVA Primary School in Wheatley Hill and St Mary’s RCVA Primary School in Wingate to talk to the children about his role as a Member of Parliament.
Speaking to children in year 3 and above, Mr Wilson explained the difference between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and what the role of an MP is.
Eager to learn more about what Mr Wilson does both in the constituency and in Parliament the children asked him a range of questions, from whether he enjoyed his role as MP to who is his favourite author. Whilst many of the children hadn’t yet heard of some of his favourite authors, Mr Wilson told the children that he enjoys his job as MP because it enable him to help people.
Mr Wilson’s visit is part of wider initiative by the schools to teach the children about civil society, which included holding a mock referendum, and has so far been a great success.
During his visit Mr Wilson was even quizzed on whether he agreed on the results of the EU referendum, to which he replied he was ‘disappointed’ but that the decision had been made by the electorate and that it was now the responsibility of the Government and MP’s to get Britain the best deal possible.
Following the visit Mr Wilson commented, ‘It is always a pleasure to visit schools and to see the children so enthusiastic and interested in politics and society. The staff at both schools have done, and continue to do, fantastic work.’