Craig Mackinlay MP has spoken exclusively with Year 12 Politics students at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate about his role and responsibilities as an MP, and his varied workload.
The South Thanet MP’s visit follows an invitation he received from the School’s Head of Politics, Mr Walton.
Earlier this year the pupils travelled to London to visit Parliament where they enjoyed a tour of Westminster Palace and held a workshop on politics.
Currently Craig is also assisting around 60 students from Chatham and Clarendon who have currently lost some £60,000 that they have actively fundraised for to go on a once in a lifetime Student Challenge trip to East Africa as a result of the failure of the charity, Childreach International.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I had a very enjoyable discussion with the politics’ students at Chatham and Clarendon am very grateful to them and their teacher, Mr Walton, to the school to see them.
“We discussed the varying aspects of the work of a Member of Parliament, the different balances we have to strike between, for instance, the time we spend in Westminster where we revise and vote on legislation, and in our constituencies with the people who elected us to represent them.
“My visit gave me the opportunity to brief the class on the work I do on the Brexit Select Committee, warning against the harmful effects of cannabis use as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group I chair, as well as the keen interest I take in issues relating to work, pensions and taxation. We also discussed my efforts to regenerate Ramsgate Harbour and my campaign to stop live animal exports.
“The students displayed an excellent grasp of both local and national affairs alike - they clearly have an outstanding teacher in Mr Walton.”
Mr Walton, Head of Politics at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, said:
"It was really good of Craig to come and talk to my A Level Politics students.
“They gained a great deal from hearing about all the work that Craig does as an MP. His work on behalf of CCGS students that have missed out on a visit to Tanzania, because of the collapse of the Childreach International charity - for which they had collected thousands of pounds - indicate how seriously he takes his role as a Constituency MP.
“The Politics students were impressed by Craig’s honesty and his realisation that Politics is about finding compromise between people with very different viewpoints and requires a commitment to a large amount of work within and outside Parliament."