Pupils from Hartford Manor taking part in Northwich Parliament.
Pupils from Hartford Manor taking part in Northwich Parliament.

Eco concerns dominated when junior parliamentarians from Northwich Parliament quizzed me (in a friendly way) recently. 

I was privileged to be guest of honour at the online event organised by Northwich Education Partnership involving several primary schools.

Topics ranged from tackling flooding, reducing packaging and plastic use, increasing recycling, moving towards renewable energy and taking personal responsibility around not littering.

Participating primary schools included Witton Church Walk, Sandiway, Weaverham Forest, Hartford Manor, Little Leigh, Leftwich, Lostock Gralam, Cuddington, Kingsmead, Winnington Park, Charles Darwin, Whitegate, Davenham and St Bede’s.

I was also questioned over my recent law to slash the cost of school uniforms, the possibility of Scotland leaving the UK, about HS2 and the homeless, the need for infrastructure to support new housing and funding challenges facing grass roots football.

There were some shocked faces in the young audience when I admitted being a Manchester United fan!

It was a real honour and a pleasure to take part and there were some brilliant questions. 

Co-organiser Chris Priddey, headteacher of Sandiway Primary School, said: “The schools were all very proud of the high levels of knowledge and confidence of the children who took part.”

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