|Education and Skills Bill|
|Friday, 25 January 2008 16:42|
On Monday, we had the Second Reading of the Education and Skills Bill. I am particularly pleased about this Bill as it will extend educational opportunity to young people in our community. The Bill seeks to raise the leaving age from education or skills training. This will happen in two stages. From 2013 the leaving age will be 17 and from 2015 it will be 18, if the Bill is passed. It will also give adults new rights to basic and intermediate skills training. Click HERE to find out more about the Bill.
On Tuesday, I played host to Year 10 students from Graveney School. The group of students were studying Parliament as part of their GCSE Citizenship course, so it was important for them to come and see the House of Commons and the House of Lords for themselves. It is always great when local school children attend Parliament as it shows them how accessible Parliament is and hopefully how easy it is to influence politicians to make them deliver on the issues that really matter. You can see a photo of us by clicking HERE.
On Wednesday, I had a really enjoyable evening with a local student from Tooting in Number Ten Downing Street with the Prime Minister. I invited Bertie Watkin from Graveney School Sixth Form to accompany me to an event to celebrate the educational achievements of young people. Having attended a local state school in Tooting myself, it was a real delight to take a local boy with an interest in politics to meet the Prime Minister.
You can see a photo of us with the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown by clicking HERE.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the annual Franco British Colloque. It was fascinating debating and discussing issues of domestic, national and international significance and also coming up with some joint solutions.
On Saturday I was a speaker at the Fabian Annual Conference held at Imperial College London. The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband MP, was the key note speaker. You can find out more about the Fabians by clicking HERE.
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