Thursday 4th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Students got the chance to quiz a local politician on economics, education and the environment when he visited Brooke Weston recently. Cllr John McGhee, who is both a local and county councillor, talked to students from Years 9 and 10 about politics before answering questions on a range of issues.
Cllr McGhee said: 'I love going into schools and talking to students and I have been all over Northamptonshire trying to encourage students to think about politics. It is more daunting and hard than a full council meeting!
'It is so refreshing to come to schools and see young people that really care about the environment, education and the local community because we do see a lot of negative press unfortunately. That is not a good thing because most of them are extremely well behaved and care about life.
'I don't think there was one student here that didn't have a grasp of what politics is and how it affects them which is extremely refreshing and you can see that they have been working hard on the topic. Being a local politician is, at times, difficult, but can be very rewarding when you make decisions that make a real difference.'
Teacher Mrs Strydom said: 'In our citizenship lessons we were studying government and politics and so we thought it would be a great opportunity to ask a local politician to speak about his role. The students prepared a lot of questions and really enjoyed the experience.'