Last week – during the February half term – Stephen held his annual Politics School for ten Newham students aged 16 -18. The Politics School – which is sponsored by London City Airport – aims to help young people learn about politics. This year the students visited places such as Parliament, Sky Studios, and City Hall.
On the first day of the Politics School, the students met with Stephen in Westminster, and learnt about his role as an MP – from voting in the House of Commons to constituency work. They later visited the Treasury and met with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke. David spoke to them about the workings of the Treasury and the wider Civil Service.
The next day, the students visited City Hall and gained an insight into local government from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Afterwards, they were afforded the chance to learn about European Politics at Europe House, staging a mock debate modelled on the European Parliament. Other activities included a visit the Sky Studios in Osterley where they made their own news bulletin about youth engagement and Donald Trump.
The week ended with a day in Newham which focussed on the regeneration of the borough. The day started with a visit to Stratford station and Westfield to learn about the development of the area and the conditions which led to East London winning the bid for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Then the students visited Newham Council and spoke to local Councillors Clive Furness and Terry Paul. They also met with the Young Mayor of Newham too. Afterwards, the students visited London City Airport and Tate & Lyle. The day ended with a visit to the London Stadium where the students met with Joe Lyons from the West Ham Foundation who spoke to them about the club’s desire to extend its Corporate Social Responsibility in Newham.
Speaking at the end of the week, Zayd Kouria, who attends NewVIc said: “The Politics School was a great opportunity for me – after all, not everyone gets the chance to go to Parliament and Sky Studios! Every day was interesting. I got to meet new people and make new friends. The highlight was meeting Sadiq Khan. He was so welcoming and interested in us – it made me proud to be a Londoner!”
Stephen added: “I look forward to the Politics School every year, it is a fantastic opportunity for Newham students to learn more about the workings of politics and inspire them to engage with local issues. I would also like to thank London City Airport for their continued support of the Politics School.”