The final school visit of the day was to Hartismere School in Eye, an outstanding secondary school and sixth form college.
Following a brief meeting with Executive Head Teacher, Mr Jim McAtear, Dr Dan was then welcomed by an enthusiastic group of students who were very politically engaged and all too eager to grill their local MP. With questions coming thick and fast, the group were very keen to learn more about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Parliament, but also about his role as a part-time NHS doctor.
Having clearly done their research and keen to maximise their audience with their MP, questions were asked on the complexities of the current Brexit negotiations, education funding and exam changes, local employment opportunities, local infrastructure, digital connectivity and career pathways into politics, medicine and law!
After such a vibrant audience with the students, Dr Dan reported that "It's always heartening to see our young adults here in Suffolk so engaged with politics and especially putting forward such carefully considered and well informed questions. Hartismere School always offers me an exceptionally warm and enthusiastic welcome and it was fantastic to hear the students' wide-ranging contributions to the session."
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