Members of Parliament visit Clifton High School

In two special visits, two local MPs presented their rival views on BREXIT and faced some tough questions from Clifton High School students. Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for North East Somerset took a break from their busy parliamentary schedules to talk to Clifton High School students about politics.

Top of the list was the European Referendum and students were given both sides of the debate. Labour MP Debbonaire, who has recently been promoted to Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, raised that young people would be better off if the UK remained in the EU as they could travel widely and study at European

universities.  Conservative MP Rees-Mogg argued however that a ‘Leave’ vote on 23rd June was a decision about the sovereignty of the UK.

The timely visits were organised by the Clifton High School’s History and Politics Society students. Both MPs were given lively introductions by Deputy Head Girl Jasmine Wilson. Year 12 Government and Politics student Holly Loach also interviewed Thangam Debbonaire about her decision to stand for the position of MP and the issues of boosting the number of women in politics.