Pupils told to follow their dreams in talk by MP

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Nursery school for all three-year-olds

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STUDENTS welcomed an MP to their school to talk about her life at Westminster.

Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport, visited Portsmouth High School.

She spoke to the pupils about her career and being a woman politician.

‘Being an MP is a bit like being on the school council,’ she said.

‘You need to listen to people’s views and feedback ideas to Westminster. I spend half of the week in London and half in Gosport where I try and solve issues ranging from access to medical care to housing issues.

‘Many women are put off from becoming an MP because it feels that it is a very male dominated world. In fact there are only 22 per cent of women in parliament.

‘My advice to you is if you want something to change, go for it. Follow your dreams.’

Caroline was accompanied by her parliamentary assistant, Edwina Iddles, an alumna of Portsmouth High School who left in 2010.

The girls also had the opportunity to ask Caroline questions about her career.