I was interviewed on Sky News this week to discuss my Bill to remove the remaining 92 hereditary peers from Parliament.
It is completely wrong that 92 people, of which only 1 is a woman, are given a seat for life in Parliament – able to make our laws, question our Ministers and lobby organisations – based on what their Great Grandfather did for a previous monarch.
During the interview we discussed the Viscount Thurso and how he has been able to regenerate himself three times to ensure that he keeps a seat in Parliament. He was first thrown out of the Lords as a hereditary peer when Labour reformed it in 1999. He then renounced his hereditary title to win a seat for the Liberal Democrats in the 2001 General Election. He then lost the 2015 General Election and miraculously rediscovered his blue blood again to gain a seat in the Lords once more.
The hereditary peers make a mockery of Parliament and I will continue to press for my Bill to see them abolished on the stroke of midnight on 31 December 2019.
I am encouraging teachers in the constituency to take advantage of the free training opportunities being made available by the UK Parliament.
As part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme the Education and Engagement Service will be hosting the next residential Teachers’ Institute 1-3 July 2019. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then return to their schools to support understanding of, and increase engagement with, Parliament.
Transport, accommodation and meal costs are covered, and applications are welcome from teachers, school leaders and teacher training providers working with young people aged 5-18. Read more “Parliamentary Training for Delyn teachers”
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”