North Dorset MP celebrates Local Democracy Week at Shaftesbury School
A Dorset MP celebrated Local Democracy Week at a Shaftesbury School.
Bob Walter, MP for North Dorset joined six-formers at The Shaftesbury School to discuss his role as Member of Parliament.
Students studying Law, History and Politics had the opportunity to ask Mr Walter questions about his job and any wider issues of interest to them - including the re-introduction of O-Levels, university tuition fees, tax avoidance and power of the monarchy.
"I'm delighted to have been asked to discuss my role with the students and very much hope it helped them with their A and AS Level studies" said Mr Walter.
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"Local Democracy Week is a great excuse to meet my younger constituents and find out what interests them most about local and national politics, whilst hopefully giving them a better understanding of how the local and national complement each other in a fully functioning democracy."
Local Democracy Week aims to encourage people to meet their elected representatives at the local and national level and raise awareness of how local authorities work.
Head of Sixth Form at The Shaftesbury School, Nick Baker said: "Mr Walter's visit gave students an opportunity to find out more about the work of Parliament based on real experience rather than textbook knowledge.
"The challenging questions on topics ranging from tuition fees to tax avoidance demonstrated the interest that students have in political issues and proved that voter apathy among the younger generation is an often over-exaggerated phenomenon."