Thomas Mills High School today welcomed their local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, where they learned more about the role of an MP, both in Westminster and here in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency.
Dr Dan first met with Head Teacher, Mr Hurst, to talk about the many successes of the school and to learn more about how the current cohort of students had just completed their GCSEs. Afterwards, Dr Dan and Mr Hurst were joined by a group of A level politics students where an in-depth discussion followed on the Conservative Party Leadership, topical and environmental matters and the complex subject of drug plicy reform. The group of students were impressively engaged with current politics and enjoyed putting their many and challenging questions directly to their local MP.
After talking with the students, Dr Dan added that "It's always gratifying to see our outstanding students and young adults here in Suffolk so engaged with politics and the wider issues, especially putting forward such carefully considered and well informed questions. Thomas Mills High School always offers me an exceptionally warm welcome and it was clear to me that the students had very carefully considered their views in preparing their challenging questions."
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...