Cecil Jones students were lucky enough to be invited to the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster). They were given a guided tour of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons plus additional historic rooms including the Queens Robing room and the Royal Gallery. We learnt a lot about the roots of our democracy and the history of the buildings – the oldest exiting section being founded in 1079.
Later on in the morning, we were invited to have question time with our Southend MP, Sir David Amess, where students asked some poignant questions concerning local issues and then were lucking enough to be taken onto the balcony which overlooks the River Thames and the London Eye, where generally only MPs and Lords are allowed to go.
It is with thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation for making this trip possible.