March Column: Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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March Column: Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

The Education Service of the House of Commons runs excellent sessions for schools to visit Parliament to discover more about our proceedings. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

 Last month two primary schools from North East Somerset were welcomed.  They are both Church of England schools, St John’s in Keynsham and the Ubley Primary School. 

The format of the meetings is that they are told about how Parliament and political parties work.  This is an opportunity for them to develop a manifesto, run a mock election and to follow an act of Parliament from its First Reading to Royal Assent.  As part of their education this is an immediate way of learning about democracy.  It ought to show that Parliament is not a remote body but one that is open to all, some of whom may later want to have a political career. 

As the local Member of Parliament I am usually invited to join the pupils for a question and answer session.  I enjoy these partly because children speak so directly – I was once asked how much I was paid as an MP.  However, I mainly value them because they show how interested at an early stage of their lives people are in politics.  As the turnout at general elections has fallen in recent decades it is more important than ever to educate people about the importance of Parliament. 

Every day I work in buildings that have been part of our history since the reign of William Rufus, who died in 1100.  This is both a privilege and an excitement.  I hope that the school children who visit me are similarly inspired.

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