I was invited, with 17 other young people from across England, to go to the Houses of
Parliament on April 19 to meet MPs. This was very exciting for me as it was my first train ride in a long time and my first trip to London. Arriving at Kings Cross Station was another big thing for me and walking across to St Pancras underground station. I saw where the Euro Star left from.Arriving at Westminster and seeing the size of it was phenomenal and then seeing Big Ben, it was huge.Outside Westminster was busy and the sheer size of it stunned me, we didn't get chance to meet the MPs because of the election call out but we still contributed to the discussion with the Education Select Committee.Before I went I received an information pack describing what we would be doing once we got there. In the information pack I got told what the education select committee is and what it is made up of. It is made up of 11 MPs and they were carrying out an inquiry into education, what is good and what needs to improve.The Education Select Committee were speaking to a variety of people about different aspects of education.
Young people are the experts on what it’s like to be part of education so our views were asked on what makes a good school and how it adapts for children with different needs. Being part of select committee inquiry is a great way of influencing what the government does in the future.
Inside Parliament was absolutely amazing as we got a tour of the entire building and got to see the great hall where it is said that Henry the Eighth was known to play tennis.
We went into the House of Lords and learned about the colour coded seats in the Lords and the Commons and how voting happens. We saw the Queens golden throne where she opens Parliament and we got told that Michael Jackson wanted to buy it and he got told a big fat ‘NO’!
Connor Richardson, Year 9, Bridlington School, East Riding of Yorkshire