Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti was quizzed by year 10 Citizenship students, on Friday 11th March, when he held a question and answer session at Bradley Stoke Community School. He was questioned on topics such as student tuition fees, child soldiers, fair trade and school uniform.
Jack was also handed a petition, by one citizenship group, who had raised over 300 signatures to raise awareness of the plight of child soldiers worldwide. Jack, as a result, tabled a parliamentary question on the subject.
Jack said "I was thrilled to meet with Year 10 students at Bradley Stoke Community School and to answer the questions they raised. I was impressed with how conscientious the students were and I could tell from their questions that they are genuinely interested and concerned about the topics they brought to my attention.
I think it is vital that young people take an interest in political and social issues worldwide and I very much hope that they continue to monitor and act upon anything they feel strongly about. The petition I was given was a fantastic example of young people engaging in politics and the issue of child soldiers has been raised in parliament as a direct result of that petition. It is a great example to others of that age that if they engage with a topic, they really can make a difference."
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