On Friday 16 November, a group of Lower Sixth Politics students went to St Peter’s Baptist Church for a talk from our local Worcester MP, Robin Walker, to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.
He talked of the importance of such a historic moment in the UK’s electoral history, discussed the arguments around the extension of the franchise to sixteen-year-olds, and the need for minority representation generally. With the government having had a somewhat turbulent day on Thursday with Brexit, there were doubts as to whether Mr Walker would be able to leave London to see us, but thankfully he was able to fulfil his constituency commitments. The pupils found it invaluable to gain access to the inside knowledge of a junior minister within the Department for Exiting the European Union.
One student asked, regarding the future relationship between the UK and the EU, whether or not British sovereignty would be undermined by the proposed common rulebook for goods. Robin Walker articulately responded, explaining how he was fully behind Theresa May’s proposal due to the ability for Britain to still have certain economic benefits of being in the EU, whilst crucially avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland and also retaining overall sovereignty.
We look forward to seeing Robin Walker again when we visit Parliament later this year and our thanks to him for providing us with this opportunity.
By Alex Owen, Lower Sixth