SWAPPING the House of Commons for Portsmouth Naval Base, MP Flick Drummond is spending time with the Royal Marines.
The Portsmouth South MP is spending the week at the dockyard to learn how it is organised and how the Royal Navy operates both on and off ships.
The visit is part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Service – a scheme designed to allow politicians get a realistic taste of service life.
As well as meeting people in the armed forces and their families, the scheme also encourages MPs to make extended visits to ships or bases. Havant MP Alan Mak is also part of the scheme.
Ms Drummond said: ‘Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy so it makes complete sense for me to join this great initiative.
‘I want to learn as much as I can about service life and be well informed when discussing defence issues in parliament and outside it.
Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy so it makes complete sense for me to join this great initiative.Flick Drummond
‘The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are posted all over the world and I hope to travel out during some of my time and see the fantastic job they are doing defending our country.’
Ms Drummond has joined the undergraduate part of the scheme, but hopes to do another year for her graduate phase.
As part of this, she will also make visits to other services around Portsmouth and Gosport to learn about their roles.