Year 10 students from Stradbroke High School had the opportunity to question Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter when they made the trip from Suffolk to Westminster for a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
The students, who have recently been elected as Senior Prefects at the school and included James Cleverley, the new Headboy, Heather Cutler, the new Headgirl, Levi Chapman, Deputy Headboy and Isabelle Malins, Deputy Headgirl, enjoyed a tour of Parliament and a 45 minute question and answer session with Dr Poulter.
After learning about the history of Parliament, the students met with Dr Poulter, who has visited Stradbroke High School on a number of occasions, to ask him questions on a range of local and national topics, including how Dr Poulter is helping to improve rural broadband, the importance of apprenticeships to students in Suffolk and his thoughts on the European Union Referendum Bill.
After meeting with the students, Dr Poulter said "Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people the opportunity to learn about Britain's history, democracy and our law making process.
"It is always a top priority for me to take the time out of my busy schedule to speak with younger constituents about my role as their MP and my new roles on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, in order to encourage their interests in how Government and democracy works. I welcomed the opportunity to answer a variety of well informed questions from both pupils and teachers and I look forward to visiting the school again in the near future."
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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...