Academic | Posted 30.06.2014

Politics trip to Westminster

A Politics student writes…

Having arrived in Westminster, we were able to secure tickets for Prime Minister’s Questions and met Nigel Evans MP for a short tour around the House of Commons. Afterwards we attended the Speakers’ procession as John Bercow proceeded to the chamber for PMQ’s. After a quick speech concerning the conviction of Andy Coulson, the Questions commenced. Having watched what most of our group considered to be a solid defence by the Prime Minister, we had lunch on the terrace outside Parliament beside the Thames. We were fortunate enough to meet Gordon Birtwistle MP and the recently knighted Bill Cash, an OS.
Next we visited the BBC Millbank studios and we were able to explore the set of the daily politics show and see all the broadcasting equipment. Shortly after we were given a tour around the Foreign and Commonwealth offices. The oldest of the buildings have been there since the late 19th century. Rolling on from that we visited the Supreme Court and had a question and answer session concerning issues of the nature dealt with by the judges there.
Finally we took the tube back to Euston and from there, the train back to Preston.