Members of Welwyn Hatfield’s Youth Council followed up their exclusive tour of Parliament last week by holding a Question Time session there with local MP Grant Shapps.

The Youth Councillors, aged between 11 and 16, went on the tour as part of the Council scheme, which is designed to help local children access the youth services and support they need.

After their tour of the Royal Palace, which included Westminster Hall, the House of Lords and Queen’s Robing Room, the students sat down for a ‘Question Time’ session with Mr Shapps, discussing issues ranging from Brexit and the environment, to social care and equality in society.

The Youth Councillors said “We had a very interesting day and learnt lots about Parliament and how politics has changed over time. Grant was very friendly, listened to all our questions, gave us his insight, and also asked for our insight, which was very nice. We learnt a lot from him and thank him very much.”

Grant said “I always enjoy meeting the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Councillors and it’s always great to see some new young faces who are keen to put their questions forward. We had a really interesting discussion on some diverse topics which they clearly feel passionate about.

“I think their work in raising awareness of the struggles of local young carers and the push for equality in society, shows their commitment to helping others and making a difference. I think I may have seen some politicians of the future”

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