House of Lords peer talks with Havant students

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Havant Sixth Form College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.

Earl Attlee met A-level government and politics students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.

This was followed by a question-and-answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Andros Xiourouppa, who teaches A-level history, government and politics at the college said: ‘This was a valuable opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out – in this case, a peer with a famous grandfather, Clement Attlee, Labour’s post-war prime minister. A lively question and answer session ensued which the peer greatly enjoyed participating in.’

The visit was part of a nationwide outreach programme in schools.