Pupils put MP in hot seat

MP Gordon Marsden pays a visit to South Shore Academy.  He is pictured with teacher Michelle Myers and pupils Kallum Edwards, Laura Parker, Nimra Butt, Vincent Murphy and Nayib Choudhury.
MP Gordon Marsden pays a visit to South Shore Academy. He is pictured with teacher Michelle Myers and pupils Kallum Edwards, Laura Parker, Nimra Butt, Vincent Murphy and Nayib Choudhury.
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An MP was quizzed on everything from teenage troublemakers to meeting President Obama when he visited two secondary schools in his constituency.

Teenagers at St George’s CE School, Marton, had questions to ask about mass disturbances that followed the international fireworks competition in Blackpool last year, when Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden visited them.

And during the Labour member’s time at South Shore Academy he was asked to explain just what the Government does for Blackpool schools, as well as what he would change if he were the Prime Minister.

Mr Marsden said the visits reinforced his view young people should be allowed to vote, saying they posed “mature, sensible and interesting” questions.

He added: “I believe in giving young people the widest possible scope to get involved and show their maturity. Both schools impressed.”

South Shore Pupils gave a presentation on their new student parliament before hearing about Mr Marsden’s life as an MP and about registering to vote.

Pupil Abbi Footman said: “It made the student parliament feel really important to have a real politician take an interest in our school.”

The teenagers then posed questions, including the best things about being an MP, what he’d like to change, and how the Government supports schools in Blackpool.

Mr Marsden visited the two schools on Friday having been invited to St George’s CE School, on Cherry Tree Road, by its Christian Union.

He talked to 50 pupils there about his career path into politics and toured the school’s new learning hub.

And he answered a lively variety of questions, including what it was like to meet US President Barack Obama and whether 16- and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote.