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Students share their voice with local MP

November 10 2021

Newark MP Robert Jenrick launches UK Parliament Week at Newark College

Mr. Jenrick led a question-and-answer session about current affairs and gave college learners an overview of what it is like to be a member of parliament. 

During his visit, students from the Public Services and IASTI courses questioned the local MP about matters they care about both locally and nationally. 

Their key topics for discussion included transport issues in the local area - such as the A46 Newark Bypass and boosting sustainable transport initiatives - plus how the government could improve health and wellbeing services and provisions. 

Nathan Banyard, who is studying on the pilot pathway at IASTI Newark, said: “It was great to have a local MP at college and for us to have the opportunity to question him about politics. 

“It was interesting finding out how you become a politician and what happens in parliament.” 

Penny Taylor, Lead for Education and Training at Newark College said: “It's wonderful to see young people taking an interest in politics and demonstrating such passion for their local community.  

“The students have enjoyed being able to share their voice and learning about the importance of democracy and it’s great to see how their confidence has developed throughout the week.” 

The talk with Robert Jenrick was part of several activities planned by Newark College to engage students in politics during UK Parliament Week. The Public Services learners also held a Great Debate to discuss contentious issues currently in the public interest.  

The week itself is described as a celebration of people power - helping young people to be informed about UK Parliament, to take action and make an impact on the issues they care about. 

Find out more about the variety of enrichment activities at Newark College during their next Open Day on Thursday 11th November. Book your place here: https://bit.ly/3F1VVDz 

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