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School children debate community issues with Copeland’s MP during politics lesson

[T]he MP for Copeland has helped local primary school children produce their own Parliamentary speech on issues within their community.

On Friday, Trudy Harrison MP joined year six pupils at Montreal Primary School in Cleator Moor for a politics lesson and to provide insight into the day-to-day running of Parliament.

The lesson saw the children and Mrs Harrison identify the issues impacting their local communities before preparing and delivering a speech to convince others about how the issues could be resolved.

The pupils came up with various issues within their towns and villages including food hygiene concerns at local takeaways, lack of public toilets and family activities and facilities, and a home regeneration plan.

Mrs Harrison, said: “It was a pleasure to be invited back to Montreal School, this time to speak more with Year 6 about the concerns in their areas.

“The pupils demonstrated exceptional community awareness beyond their years, highlighting aspects of Cleator Moor which they enjoy and areas which they feel need improvement.

“I’m now following up the issues raised on behalf of Year 6 with Copeland Borough Council, Cleator Moor Town Council and Home Group.”

The lesson was planned following a pupil’s letter to Mrs Harrison thanking her for her previous visit to the school last year and inviting her back to deliver a politics lesson.

Assistant Head teacher, Mrs Long, said: “We were delighted to welcome Trudy Harrison into school after one of our pupils wrote to Trudy inviting her into school to deliver a politics lesson. The child was inspired to write to Trudy after showing her round our school when she visited during the Autumn Term.

“During the visit, our pupils raised their key concerns about their local area with Trudy and began to think about their ideal picture for Cleator Moor. As a result of the visit the children are hoping to work alongside Trudy and representatives from local agencies to develop their own community plan.

“We are extremely proud of the children for using their voices in a positive way to express their views about matters which are important to them.

“The children were motivated by Trudy’s visit and are keen to begin working on their plan.”

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