This week is Parliament Week. This is a national initiative to build greater awareness of, and engagement with, parliamentary democracy in the UK.
Sadiq marked Parliament Week with a visit to Burntwood School in Earlsfield.
The visit included the chance to see the fantastic new buildings which have been built as part of the Labour initiative Building Schools for the Future. Sadiq helped campaign for Burntwood to keep the funding once the initiative was cut in 2010. The students are now enjoying state of the art facilities, which will be completed in 2014.
Sadiq met with members of the school council, which has two students from each school year. The children first presented Sadiq with letters they had written to him asking that he support UNICEF’s climate change campaign.
The children were then invited to ask Sadiq questions. They discussed important issues such as giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, how politicians can engage young people in politics and what can be done to get more women into politics. The children had lots of questions to ask and also had very strong opinions which they were eager to debate.
Sadiq is a big supporter of giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds.
The council are now looking to arrange a tour of parliament as a follow up.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“I was really pleased to see the progress of the fruits of the last of Labour’s Building Schools for the Future investment at Burtnwood School. The students now have some fantastic facilities at their fingertips.
“The children asked some really good and challenging questions and made sure to keep me on my toes! They all had such strong opinions and I was impressed that they all got so involved in the debates.
“It is important to engage with young people and to encourage them to think about the issues that affect them. I really enjoyed my visit to Burntwood, the school council is a real credit to the school”.