This week I had the pleasure of meeting Flint High School and Maesglas / Greenfield Primary in Parliament. Getting children to see the fantastic building that is Parliament and to encourage them to engage in politics is really important. I will continue to ensure that Parliament is accessible to all and that we can ensure the next generation believe that politics has the power to change the world.
I am urging teachers in Delyn to apply for free training provided by the UK Parliament Education Service on the 2-4 July 2018.
As part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme the Education Service will be hosting a residential Teachers’ Institute. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then return to their schools to support understanding of, and increase engagement with, Parliament.
Transport and accommodation costs are covered and applications are welcome from teachers, school leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18.
The course includes:
• Q&A session with MPs and Peers
• Talks from subject specialists
• Workshops devoted to key aspects of the work of Parliament
• Opportunities to explore new and exciting teaching ideas
• Tour of the Palace of Westminster Read more “Free Parliamentary Teaching Training”
Last night (31 January 2018) I voted for the restoration and renewal of the Houses of Parliament. There were several options put before the Commons as to how this would be done. They included:
• Full decant whilst the restoration process was undertaken and move into other buildings near Parliament Square (£3.87bn);
• Restoration in stages – where the Commons would move into the Lords, the Lords into other premises and then once the restoration of the Commons was completed the process would be reversed (£4.42bn); or
• Restoration whilst both Houses remained on site (£5.67bn). Read more “Restoration of Parliament”
Just before Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday was Cabinet Office Questions. The Cabinet Office is responsible for the day to day running of the Civil Service and also for constitutional reform.
I asked the Cabinet Office Minister, Ben Gummer MP, if he thought it was right that the Government is reducing the size of the House of Commons by 50 MPs, but there are still nearly 100 Lords who owe their place in parliament for no other reason than patronage in the Middle Ages. Read more “Cabinet Office Questions: House of Lords Reform”