On Tuesday 23rd January Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from St Joseph's College, Ipswich to Westminster. Not only did the group comprise sixth form students from St Joseph's, but Dr Dan was also pleased to welcome their German exchange counterparts - a group of visiting students from Gymnasium Theodorianum School in Paderborn, Germany.
Starting off their busy day in Westminster, the group of students enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament, incorporating a visit to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords Chambers, where they learned about the fascinating history and heritage of the buildings themselves, but also more about the role of our democracy and the passing of legislation.
Immediately after the tour, Dr Dan hosted a special Q&A session for the students; it was abundantly clear that staff and studens alike had enjoyed their tour of Parliament very much and were enthused and all too keen to get the Q&A session underway. Staff and students from both schools took the opportunity to quiz Dr Dan on a number of local and national issues, and it goes without saying that the topic of Brexit featured highly, particularly in relation to local impact here in Suffolk. There was lively debate amongst the students, on both sides of the debate and aside from the politics of the day, there was also wider discussion around agricultural and environmental affairs, public health policy, health and social care funding and education. As part of the discussion Dr Dan was happy to share his experiences of balancing work as an MP with that of being a part-time NHS doctor.
Visits such as these help to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally here in Suffolk and what he does in Parliament, but they are especially important in engaging and enthusing our next generation of voters and decision makers.
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