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Pupils from Tycroes School visited Parliament this week. First, they went to see the House of Lords and saw where the Queen sits at the State opening of Parliament, when she arrives in her fairytale coach to read out the Queen’s speech, detailing the Government’s programme for the next session. Then they visited Central Lobby and St Stephen’s Hall, and their memories included learning about the chandelier that is hanging on by one screw, and the spot where Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated. Their tour did, of course, include the House of Commons, where MPs pass laws and debate the issues of the day.

After visiting the historic buildings, they had a session with Parliament’s Education Service, where they leaned about working in political parties, developing policies, holding elections and forming coalitions, and Ella found herself elected as Prime Minister.

Meeting the group at the end of the session, Nia Griffith MP said, “I am delighted that pupils and staff from Ysgol Tycroes braved the long journey to come and find out more about Parliament. They certainly seem to have remembered a lot of what they have learned, and I hope this will inspire them to take an interest in politics in the future.”