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‘Why is it called a party?’ ‘What would you do if you became Prime Minister?’ Two of the thought-provoking questions put to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, by year 6 pupils at Whitecotes Primary School in Chesterfield, during a recent visit there.

The MP was visiting Whitecotes in advance of the Year 6 cohort’s forthcoming visit to the Houses of Parliament.

Toby Perkins MP with the Whitecotes School Parliament

Toby Perkins MP with the Whitecotes School Parliament

The school also has its own ‘School Parliament’, and Toby is pictured above with their Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and, in an interesting departure from the norn, their ‘Minister for Fun’.

All the children had tough questions to ask their MP – which drew praise from Mr Perkins.

Toby Perkins said: “It is really important that children of all ages understand the place parliament plays in their lives and the importance of exercising your democratic right to vote to ensure those who make the laws reflect the interests and needs of our country.  I was really impressed with their engagement on this topic and look forward to welcoming the class to Parliament next week.”

Linda Dawson, Acting Headteacher at Whitecotes Primary School, said: “We’re really grateful to Toby for coming into school and giving the children such an insight into the workings of parliament and the political process.    They’ve all learnt something new and it has added to the excitement of the trip to parliament next week.”

Mr Perkins led the children through debates on capital punishment, private education and international development spending and unearthed a few potential political leaders of the future. And the reason it is called a party?  ‘’I’m not sure’, said Toby, ‘maybe because it is so much fun?’  Now about that Minister for Fun…

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