THE titled grandson of a former Prime Minister visited a school to explain how life in the House of Lords works.
Earl John Attlee, known as Lord Attlee, is an hereditary peer whose grandfather Clement Attlee held the highest office from 1945 to 1951.
Lord Attlee’s visit to Havant Academy in West Leigh yesterday was part of the Peers in Schools programme, an educational outreach project run by members of the House of Lords to explain what they do and why.
Lord Attlee described life in the second chamber of the parliament and was asked probing questions by some of the 40 pupils at the talk.
Lord Attlee said: ‘I never expected to take my seat in the House of Lords.
‘I imagined at some point we would have fully reformed so, therefore, I have an ordinary career.’
I’ve been really impressed by how engaged the young people areLord Attlee
Despite his grandfather being a towering figure in the Labour Party, the current Lord Attlee is Conservative.
He works in the transport industry and was also a Territorial Army officer who served in Bosnia and Iraq.
He said this experience of everyday life is vital for his work in the House of Lords.
And he says working with schools such as Havant Academy has helped him as much as it has helped the students.
He said: ‘It’s a fabulous opportunity for me to see how they work, compare them.
‘I’ve been really impressed by how engaged the young people are.
‘It’s even altered my thinking about whether we should lower the voting age.’
Year 11 pupil Elizabeth Cameron, 15, said: ‘I don’t agree with Lord Attlee’s politics but he seems like a nice man.
‘It’s really good to meet someone from the House of Lords, especially for pupils thinking about going into politics.’
And head boy Andrew Scott, 15, said: ‘It was really enjoyable to meet the grandson of such an iconic Prime Minister.
‘I was impressed with how ordinary he is, considering he is a lord. And how similar he is to us.’