MP put through paces by pupils at ‘Question Time’ event

Mark Simmonds at Bridge House
Mark Simmonds at Bridge House

Boston MP Mark Simmonds was quizzed on topics ranging from immigration to transport, rights for gay people, foreign aid and the World Cup at a ‘Question Time’ event at Bridge House Independent School.

As part of the GCSE Humanities course the students are required to have a broad working knowledge of local and national politics, including the role of MPs.

The school, in Grantham Road, Boston, says pupils worked to develop their political knowledge and were asked to form questions that would interest and test Mr Simmonds.

Students designed a European parliamentary style layout in the classroom, with Mark at the centre of the debate.

They were supported by staff members Jade Corssen, Dave Hallam, Alexandra Smith and Head Teacher Carl Smithas they then quizzed the junior foreign office minister.

Topics included immigration to the Boston area, the return of the death penalty and better rights for gay people.

Jade Corssen, head of humanities, said: “I was privileged to welcome Mark to the school and showcase some of the work that our students produce through the Humanities GCSE. The visit is an excellent mechanism to erode the typical political barriers that teenagers face.”

The school says the visit was a success and that Mark will be the first in a series of visitors to the school.