HANSON MEETS LOCAL PRESS WINNER
Delyn MP David Hanson met up with Parliamentary Press Winner and local student Alice Brown after winning the prestigious Parliamentary Press Gallery Competition in Wales for year ten to eleven students.
Alice follows in her sister’s footprints, Felicity, who won the same prize last year.
The theme for this year’s writing competition was global poverty.
Students in Years 10-11 were asked to imagine they are an adviser to a
minister with responsibility for aid and trade to Africa. They have written
report (800 words) setting out ideas to get British school children more
involved in the Government’s campaign to tackle poverty, including free
education for all across the continent of Africa. Alice, who lives in Flintshire and attends St Brigids School in Denbigh, won the competition in Wales, and her prize was a day at Westminster with hotel accommodation included.
During the day Alice, enjoyed a full tour of the Palace of Westminster before finishing the morning with a visit to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.
During a lunch reception at the Press Gallery the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander MP led a question and answer session on the issue of the environment and the winners liaised with politicians and members of the press gallery.
The afternoon included seminars on the media and the role of Select Committee before meeting the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Alice Brown said:
“I had a great day. Gordon Brown was really interested in what I had to say. The whole day was a bit surreal. So much happened! ”
David Hanson said:
“I was delighted to meet up with Alice during what was an extremely busy and enjoyable day.
“I hope she will continue with her keen interest in media and world affairs and perhaps she will have her own place in the Press Gallery in the future.”