North Wiltshire MP James Gray visited St Dunstan CE VC Primary School in Calne on Friday 3rd October to talk with Year 6 pupils about Parliament and politics.
Speaking from Westminster this morning, Mr Gray said:
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Year 6 pupils and their teachers at St Dunstan’s and to hear what they had to say about the state of the nation and the world and what we politicians can do to alleviate some of the grave problems facing us at the present time.”
“I was so impressed with the children’s interest in and knowledge of politics. I learned a lot from them, and it is wonderful to see young people taking such an interest in the world around them and engaging with some of the issues that we MPs debate in the House of Commons on a weekly basis. I was also hugely impressed by the atmosphere and the hard work and dedication of the staff.”
I was delighted to receive some very well written thank you letters from Year 6 pupils.
Here are some excerpts from some of the letters:
"I am amazed how tall you are. You made me watch the news more and I now want to come to the Houses of Parliament."
"I am writing to tell you the things that I found interesting. Firstly, you are very intelligent. I thought that you would be a person in a costume because in year five someone was dressed up as a pirate and not real."
"I was delighted to meet you, thank you for coming in to meet us. Although, you were much more interesting than I thought you would be. You answered all of our questions with lots of detail therefore I understood every word."
“I really enjoyed you coming to our school to ask questions to you. Thank you for hand shaking me when I said you don’t look fifty-nine years of age.”
“Your answers were a great help to all of us. This was a great lifetime opportunity for me because it’s nice to meet someone really important personally.”
“Thank you for coming into our class and giving up your time to answer our questions. You’re so brilliant, clever and funny. I thought you were dressed very smart and tidy.”
“I found out loads of new facts about the House of Commons, Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben. I think you are really intelligent. You gave us specific answers for each question and I like you because you know a lot.”
“I liked the afternoon because I found you interesting, In addition, I liked your story about when you got lost (I would have felt embarrassed). I am very grateful for you to invite us to the Palace of Westminster.”