Virendra Sharma MP hosted the virtual 4-Day Politics Summer School last week with a wide range of speakers including the Mayor of Ealing, local Councillors, Litter Action Group for Ealing Residents, Ealing Save our NHS, the national student-led campaign group Fill In the Blanks, the Social Mobility Foundation, Prospect Us and the UK Civil Service careers.
The Ealing Southall MP’s summer school was aimed at Year 11 students of his constituency. The programme was cross-party and non-partisan, explaining the role of politicians and government and what MPs and Councillors do. The four days covered introduction to politics, local government and change, national movements, campaigning, developing skills and pursuing a career in British politics. The students took part in a range of activities such as writing a Maiden speech, designing their own local and national campaign, drafting Oral Questions, presenting elevator pitches and CV writing.
Opening the Summer School, Virendra Sharma MP said: “I am a Labour MP and have been a party member for many years, but this isn’t about political parties, this week is a cross-party summer school where we discuss history, ideas and how to change the future. You have the power to shape and address society to respond to the issues that matter most to you.”
Justin Placide from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Co-Chair of the FAME Network and the Civil Service Race Forum said: “I would like to thank Mr Sharma MP for hosting this year’s Politics Summer School, not only did he make it fun for the audience, he also had a great inclusive style of making the speakers feel welcomed. I would encourage all Year 11 GCSE students who would like to know more about our parliamentarians, routes into the Civil Service and are passionate about making a positive difference, to book a place for next year.”