OVER 30 students from South Craven School, in Cross Hills, visited the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday where they met and chatted to MP Julian Smith.

After a tour and workshop delivered by the Education Centre, Mr Smith sat down with the students to talk and answer questions about his work as a Member of Parliament.

Topics ranged from the landmark Windsor Framework agreement and the Energy Bill currently making its way through Parliament, to discussions on improving people’s engagement with politics and advice for students making decisions about university.

The group was led by Wendy Hamilton, South Craven School's head of humanities, who Julian was pleased to meet again having also welcomed her to Westminster earlier this year as part of the UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme. South Craven School is one of 17 local schools and community groups which have signed up to take part in UK Parliament Week, from November 6 to 12..

Mr Smith said, “It was brilliant to see South Craven students today and speak to them about my role as their MP and answer some questions.

“We had some really interesting discussions not just on policy but also more generally on some of their future plans."