15 JUL 2014

Live Web Chat with Castle Students

It was great to take part in a live web chat with students of Castle Community College to answer their political questions.

I was quizzed on a range of topics from school pupils from Years 7 to 12 on local and national issues. Students asked about my greatest achievement as an MP and why I wanted to go into politics, as well as what I thought about issues affecting young people such as tuition fees and restrictions on sugary foods to cut obesity.

Also high on the students' agenda were local issues and how I could help make Dover and Deal a better place. I told them I was proud of the steps I had taken to get a community port in Dover and get high speed trains to Deal. I also told them I wanted to make Dover a Jewel in the Crown of England again and bring down Burlington House to help transform Dover town centre.

I really enjoyed taking part in the live web chat with all the Castle students. Many say that young people aren't interested in politics but the students I talked to at Castle certainly proved them wrong. They weren't afraid to challenge me or give their own opinion.

It was fantastic to take part and a great idea so pupils can get their questions answered directly. The teacher wanted to do another web chat next term and I really look forward to doing another one with students soon.

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