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Sixth Form students talk with local MP

Students engage in political conversation with MP for Sutton Coldfield, Andrew Mitchell.

On Friday 3rd May, during the first period of the day our Year 12 and 13 students were joined by MP for the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, Andrew Mitchell as he talked about his career in politics and his passion for the town and its values.

Two special mentions go out to particular students though, the first being Dylan in Year 12 for their questions around the Government's current environmental strategy and related it back to a letter that Dylan had written to Mr Mitchell some time ago. This sparked more questions from the floor regarding the recent report stating that the UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050.

The second mention goes to Year 13 student Sara, who made an excellent argument about working poverty and the current state of the benefits system in the UK. She went on to relate these to the current living and working wage rates, which created a mass of extra questions from the audience. Sadly, time quickly ran out for our session with Mr Mitchell due to the number incredibly impassioned questions, but we are all very grateful for the time that we had.

To all of our Sixth Form students, you really made us incredibly proud with how well constructed, researched and eloquent your questions to Mr Mitchell were.