Baroness talks politics at two Hampshire schools

NICE TO MEET YOU Baroness O'Cathain speaks to Brune Park Community School pupils Matthew Thorns, 16, and Maisie Henderson 14, during her visit.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120760-1)
NICE TO MEET YOU Baroness O'Cathain speaks to Brune Park Community School pupils Matthew Thorns, 16, and Maisie Henderson 14, during her visit. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120760-1)
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GOSPORT students enjoyed an audience with a member of the House of Lords.

Baroness Detta O’Cathain met 60 Year 9 and 11 students at Brune Park Community College.

She gave them an insight into her job before taking questions on the parliamentary process and life at Westminster.

Her visit, organised through the Lord Speaker’s scheme Peers in Schools to engage youth in politics, made a big impact.

Myles Tyrrell, 15, head boy said: ‘The House of Lords tends to be this unknown entity, as we are all much more familiar with the House of Commons, so Baroness O’Cathain’s visit presented a great opportunity to find out more.

‘She encouraged us to take a closer look at parliament and have the confidence to talk about politics.’

Baroness O’Caithan also met students at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport.

Its headteacher Simon Graham said: ‘It was fantastic for students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.’