In an attempt to open the historic corridors of Parliament to young people from Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Gerald Jones MP has been encouraging school and community groups to visit the Houses of Parliament and see just how British democracy works. Since his election the Labour MP has been organising trips around the Houses of Parliament for local school groups and community groups.
As well as visiting the famous green benches, the groups also had the opportunity to take a tour around Westminster Palace and see how the British government is run day to day. In recent weeks Parliament has been visited by Bishop Hedley RC high school and a youth group from Gellideg and is expecting visits from Ysgol Coed y Dderwen & Rhymney Comprehensive school over the next few months.
Elaine Waters from Bishop Hedley RC, said that her pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trp.
“It was great to learn about the traditions and history of Parliament and how it shapes our government today. It was an excellent trip and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed. I hope this encourages our pupils to take an interest in our political system here in UK.”
Michelle Roberts, a community’s first youth manager who organised Gellideg Youth Group’s visit was also similarly impressed.
‘This was a first time experience for all the young people taking part and it was truly a memorable one. To be able to walk through the corridors of Westminster and to learn the rich history of the building was remarkable. I’m hoping our visit inspires members of the group to develop a better understanding of politics and to possibly return as an elected representative in the future.’
Gerald is keen for more groups and constituents to visit Parliament.
“I think it’s important that people, and young people in particular, don’t feel detached from the political process. I think we’ve seen over the last few weeks a lot of anger from people that feel detached from the political process.
“Its so important that we teach the next generation how our political process works, and that they are very much a part of the process. I’m hoping that the visits will inspire young people into politics and realise that the corridors of power are really not that far away. If a school or community group is interested in visiting please contact my office for more details. Schools that book through the Parliamentary Education Service can receive financial assistance with transport costs.
“But I also want to invite constituents to visit the house. If you would like more information on booking a tour you can contact my office at Gerald.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01685 383 739 they will be able to provide more information.”