Former archbishop gives talk at Southsea school

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THE former Archbishop of Canterbury gave a speech as part of a visit to a Southsea school.

Rowan Williams addressed a packed meeting of the St John’s College Politics Society on Monday.

He began by talking about the long imprisonment of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Lord Williams then went on to consider the true purpose of education.

Sixth Form student Roy McBain, 18, chaired the meeting.

He said: ‘Lord Williams has such a presence in the Anglican community – it was an honour to have such an internationally-recognised figure address our society and its members.’

Harrison Rockensuss, also 18, added: ‘I was interested to hear Lord Williams’ views on an ever-changing political world.’

Lord Williams took questions from the audience after his address.

He also signed copies of his books, which were on sale through Blackwell’s Bookshop.