Young people interested in law and politics have been given an insider’s view of the parliamentary process by a Wearside MP.
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott visited Sunderland Sixth Form, Sunderland College’s hub for A-Level provision, to speak to students about the law making process in Westminster.
She talked to more than 70 students, based at the sixth form centre at Bede Campus, who are completing a range of A-Level subjects, including law, criminology, and government and politics.
Ms Elliott said: “It was a pleasure to speak to Sunderland Sixth Form students about my role as an MP. It’s really important that young people get opportunities like this to learn about the democratic process. I was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and knowledge of our political system.”
The visit was set up by law lecturer Claire Watts to help students understand the intricacies of law making and the detailed process it goes through, from the initial creation of a green paper to the bill being passed as a law by the House of Commons and House of Lords.
She said: “The talk from Ms Elliott was engaging and informative and very beneficial for our students. The explanations of the legislative process were detailed and will support our learners from across the different disciplines with their exam content. As well as the in depth talk, students were also given the chance to ask their own questions, and Ms Elliott’s detailed answers has given our learners an excellent overview of the work that goes on in Parliament.”
Kieron Spoors, an AS Law student, added: “The talk by Julie Elliott was most beneficial, giving insight into the responsibilities of a Member of Parliament but also it was helpful as she discussed aspects of the legislative process.”
The talk was arranged as part of a broader programme of guest speakers for students completing A-Levels in humanities subjects, including visits from a local magistrate, a community beat manager and scientific support officers from Northumbria Police.
Sunderland Sixth Form has also welcomed The Lord Shipley OBE, a former leader of Newcastle City Council, whose visit was arranged through the ‘Peers in Schools’ programme, the House of Lords outreach programme.