Members of 9R tutor group visited the Houses of Parliament as a prize for winning this year’s Brooke Weston election campaign. The group, along with teachers Mr Tang and Ms Coombe, toured the buildings including ancient Westminster Hall where Henry VIII reputedly played tennis. The students were hosted by Corby MP Andy Sawford, who had spoken to the students about life as a politican when he visited Brooke Weston in September.
Owen Cummins said: ‘We had lunch and a discussion in a committee room and the security was really tight.’
Milly Simpson said: ‘Mr Sawford gave a talk about the history of the Houses of Parliament and took us on a bit of a tour. We didn’t go to the House of Lords because there was a sitting in there but we looked around the main lobby and watched a debate take place in the House of Commons. Although we have taken part in debates we haven’t done anything as formal as that so it was good to hear what they were saying. The speaker was there watching over everyone. It was really formal but interesting.
‘The rooms we were in were really impressive with massive chandeliers and stained glass windows. It was really old, made of stone but when you were in there it felt like a place of work rather than a museum. It was a really good day out.’