THREE students from Greater Manchester were given an insight into life in Parliament, after MP Jonathan Reynolds received a request to show them around.
Mr Reynolds first met with a group of students from Xaverian College, in Rusholme, when he took part in a Parliamentary outreach day at their college, last year.
During the event, organised by the Speaker of the House of Commons as part of a drive to make Parliament more accessible, students fired questions at a panel of politicians, including Mr Reynolds.
Their final question was whether Mr Reynolds would visit them at their college. And Mr Reynolds was so impressed by their proactive approach that he invited them to Westminster to see how parliament works.
On Tuesday a group of three students from the college travelled to London to meet with Mr Reynolds.
As well as a tour of Parliament, the students got the chance to see debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. And they also met with a series of politicians – including Sir Gerald Kaufman, Luciana Berger and David Miliband.
Following the visit, Mr Reynolds said: “Finding ways to engage young people in politics is really important – and I was delighted to be able to host a visit to Parliament by this group of students.
“Clearly as politics students they already know a great deal about how our democracy works, but I hope this visit gave them a real insight into the practicalities of Parliament.
“I am committed to visiting as many schools in the constituency as possible to talk directly to students, but it was good to be able to offer this small group of students this additional experience.”
Published 20 June, 2012