Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps welcomed Welwyn Hatfield’s Youth Council to Parliament, to answer questions on a wide range of topics and talk about their upcoming mental health campaign #JUSTTALK.

The Youth Councillors enjoyed a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament followed by a Question and Answer session with Grant. Topics included changes to GCSE grades, school uniform rules, the first past the past voting system, immigration, apprenticeships and suicide prevention.

Grant said: “It was great to welcome the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council to Parliament to discuss their upcoming #JUSTTALK campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health with teenage boys in schools across Hertfordshire. Mental health is such an important issue and I’m delighted to give my full support to this fantastic campaign.

“I also took part in a Q&A, with some excellent questions from the Youth Council about my job as the Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield. It’s hugely inspiring to see young people with an active interest in politics and how our country is governed.”

Sophie Bex, a Year 8 student at Bishops Hatfield Girls School, said: “I enjoyed today because I got to know the other members of the Youth Council better and also it was a great opportunity to meet our MP Grant Shapps and have a tour of the Houses of Parliament.”

Caitlin Gardner, a Year 10 student at Onslow St Audrey’s School, said: “I enjoyed today because I got an opportunity to meet Grant Shapps and to ask him questions, and I also got to learn some really interesting history about Westminster.”