Monmouth children quiz Commons Speaker

Tue, 6 Nov 2018

 

Children in Monmouth had the chance to quiz the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Pupils at Monmouth School Girls’ Prep relished the 50-minute Ask the Speaker skype session with John Bercow.

They were joined by pupils at Monmouth School for Girls for the live question-and-answer session on Monday 5th November.

Students were well informed and did not shy away from questioning Mr Bercow on controversial issues reported recently in the national press.

The children asked the former Conservative MP a range of questions, including the Queen’s role in Parliament, his early political influences, how he became the Speaker, and his views on feminism and equality.

Mr Bercow told the children that MPs needed an impartial chair for debates, particularly when there were differences of opinion, and he had removed only three MPS from the Chamber since his election as Speaker in June 2009.

Year 6 pupil, Lily Rotchell, said: “It was very exciting to speak to him. I am very interested in politics and in global warming.”

The event was a great opportunity for students to engage with what happens in Westminster and took place in the main hall at Monmouth School Girls’ Prep.