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Lord Fink visits ACS Hillingdon for Parliament Week

Published Monday 3rd of December 2012 11:17:59 AM

Over sixty students, aged 16, attended a special talk given by Lord Fink from the House of Lords on Friday to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process as part of Parliament Week.

As the current treasurer of the Conservative party, Lord
Fink was raised to the peerage as Baron Fink of Northwood in the County of Middlesex in 2011. His talk was one of over forty visits to schools around the UK to mark the final day of Parliament Week, a national initiative to build greater awareness of and engagement with democracy in the UK.

Lord Fink met with Grade 11 students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. The talk was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Although this talk was specifically of interest for Advance Placement Programme Government and Politics students, all of Grade 11 attended as Chris Green, Assistant High School Principal, explains;

'All Grade 11 students will shortly be able to vote and we hope this talk will encourage them to exercise that right. It is important that students can engage in politics on their own level, which is greatly aided by talks such as Lord Fink's, as parliament can often feel far removed from their daily lives.'

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker's 'Peers in Schools' programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people. As of the last day of Parliament Week, the programme made over 1,000 visits to schools up and down the country since its creation.
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