Students question member of Lords about democracy
CHILDREN at a Tonbridge school grilled a member of the House of Lords on a range of political topics when he paid them a visit this week.
On Tuesday, Lord Stoneham of Droxford spoke to Year 7 and 8 pupils at Hilden Grange School about the history and processes of Parliament as part of a programme to interest youngsters in democracy.
Year 8 tutor Hilary Henshall told the Courier the pupils had learned a lot from the session.
She said: "Lord Stoneham spoke for about 30 minutes and gave a lot of background information about how Parliament works. He then took questions on a huge range of subjects: what he thought about the Greek crisis, how did he become a peer, why did he switch from Labour to the Lib Dems.
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"They had done their research and thought up some really good questions."
Lord Stoneham, who is best known for using parliamentary privilege to reveal the existence of a superinjunction relating to former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin, was visiting the Dry Hill Park Road school as part of the Peers In Schools programme.
Mrs Henshall said the pupils hoped to visit the Houses of Parliament later in the year.