STUDENTS in Northumberland got the chance to show off their Jeremy Paxman-style interviewing skills yesterday when they quizzed their local MP about his work in Parliament.
Wansbeck Labour MP Ian Lavery visited all five high, middle and first schools in the Ashington Learning Partnership to talk to pupils about democracy and politics, and answer their questions about his role in the House of Commons.
He made a whistle-stop tour of Ashington Community High School, Hirst Park and Bothal Middle and Central and Wansbeck First, which are all part of the educational trust established in 2006.
Last night Mr Lavery, who was elected last year, said: “I have had a fantastic day and the opportunity to sit down with students of all ages. It has been a very rewarding exercise.
“I have faced many different questions ranging from political queries to situations within their schools, such as buildings and the curriculum, to why we have intervened in Libya.
“I have got to say that the questions from the kids were absolutely fantastic.
“They are a credit to their schools and parents and I’m really buoyed by what I have seen today.
“It is my ambition, and I am determined to make it happen, to visit every school in Wansbeck and we are currently making arrangements.’’