Wednesday morning I packed up my belongings and made my way back into Parliament (with the help of a security guard to get me through doors) so that I could leave my belongings in Nic’s office. I then made my way down to Westminster Hall, the meeting point for my tour of Parliament- both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The experience was remarkable. The sights within Parliament are breath-taking and quite simply beautiful. The information that the tour guide gave to us was interesting and things that I hadn’t really considered before. (Such as the damage of a statues sword from the Suffragette movement.)
Once my tour ended, I followed the route that Nic had shown me the night before. There was a debate occurring on the implications of the EU on steel industry, which I got into for the last half an hour. It was an interesting experience to see how a debate actually occurs.
The Wednesday also brought along the last PMQ’s for David Cameron and Nic was fortunate enough to be able to snag me a highly fought over ticket to watch from the public gallery. This was amazing for me, to actually sit in the gallery and see this in person. Proceeding this, I joined the crowds to watch David Cameron and his family leave Westminster for Downing Street.
I then had around an hour to spare before I was due to meet back with Nic. I spent this time walking around Parliament and taking in the sights even more.
When I joined Nic again, we were meeting a group of students from St Lawrence’s school who had come down for a youth debate on religious education in schools. Before the debate happened, the MP for each schools constituency were running a tour of Parliament. This was particularly good for me as only hours before I had been on the official tour so I had little bits of information that I could contribute to our tour.
The debate that the pupils from across the country took part in was extremely interesting- it was being run as an official formal debate and the pupils all performed and expressed their views very well. Unfortunately, I had to miss the end of this in order to catch my tube back home.