Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border visited William Howard School in Brampton.
Touring the Sixth Form Centre, meeting staff and students, the Cumbrian MP then took part in a townhall style question and answer session with students quizzing him on topics ranging from asylum policy to Higher Education funding.
Before he left, Dr Hudson also met with Year 11 Young Farmers to hear about land-based education, and the obstacles that they face accessing schools and colleges.
Dr Neil Hudson MP said:
“It was great to be back at William Howard School in Brampton to meet with students and staff, and I’d like to express my thanks for being invited. The future definitely looks bright for our constituency with so many talented minds under one roof.
“With genuinely challenging and thought-provoking questions, it was humbling to be a part of the question-and-answer sessions. Westminster processes and party politics were just some of the topics under the microscope, and it
“As I said on the day, I think that young people engaging in politics is one of the hallmarks of a healthy thriving democracy and so I look forward to hearing more about the issues affecting them in the future.
“With regard to land-based education, I’m pleased that the likes of William Howard School are providing quality courses within the county but hearing from youngsters about the obstacles they face to pursuing careers in agriculture, clearly we need to do more. The tenacity of some of the students to find programmes and apprenticeships further afield was laudable but even those with places expressed their frustration at the limited public transport options available to them.
“I will continue to push for land-based education’s place in Penrith and The Border. The industry is vital to our economy and our society, so I hope we can make the most of the young talent that is spread so thickly across our county.”