Owen Patterson, visited Ellesmere College on Friday to talk about the nature of democracy and the importance of taking part in Politics.
The visit by the local MP was arranged to help prepare a group of Year 10 pupils for their participation in the forthcoming National Youth Parliament Competition, organised by the Citizenship Foundation. On 26th February, part of the School Chapel will be converted into a debating forum for a mock parliament session and a further group of Year 10 Pupils studying Media Studies will be filming the proceedings.
Paul Richards, the teacher who arranged the visit commented, "We were delighted to welcome Mr. Owen Patterson, MP for North Shropshire, to launch the event. The pupils certainly benefited from his expertise and experience in The House of Commons. We are also excited by the prospect of holding a parliament here at Ellesmere in the near future. All the Year 10 Pupils will have roles to perform. There will be a Speaker of The House and Leader of The Opposition as well as backbenchers; we will even be holding a Prime Minister's Question Time. Other pupils will perform the roles of the press, and the whole event will be recorded onto video and entered into The National Youth Parliament Competition 2007".
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