Holy Trinity Catholic Academy quiz Newark MP Mr Robert Jenrick about democracy
Pupils from Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark, had the chance to quiz their local MP, Mr Robert Jenrick, about democracy when he visited on Friday.
More than 70 students, from years five and six, asked and listened to the answers to their prepared questions.
Topics covered included the NHS, Brexit, the role of an MP, and climate change and the environment.
Local issues were also touched on such as the closing of Marks and Spencer on the high street and the refurbishment of the Robin Hood Hotel.
Robert Jenrick talked about the importance of participation in politics by the younger generation.
He said, “I always enjoy visiting schools and try to do so every week.
“It is always stunning how high quality the questions are from the students.”
Mr Jenrick also gave advice to the pupils wondering how they should vote on issues in the future.
He told them: “It is important to develop your own views and make your own decisions about what you think about the world.”
Questions were opened up to the audience towards the end of the presentation and the students asked a host of questions on issues such as immigration, internet usage, and voting age.
Mr Jenrick stressed to the pupils that the voting age did not indicate the political awareness of young people.
He said: “I don’t think voting necessarily has to be at 18. It is just the logical age.
“In most places around the world, 18 is seen to be the year in which you cease to be a child, but it is not a reflection on how good you are at making decisions.”
The academy was only one stop on Mr Jenrick’s busy schedule meeting with people from all across the constituency.