Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo - 13 February 2017
by Charlotte Austen-Hardy
STUDENTS were able to grill a Member of the European Parliament and find out about her work during a visit.
MEP Vicky Ford met with A-Level students studying Politics and Law at Seevic college in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
The Conservative MEP ember of the European Parliament for the East of England is also chairman of the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful economic committees of the Parliament.
She was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and is a member of the Bureau of the European Conservative and Reformist Group and a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with China.
After an introductory talk about Vicky's work with the European Parliament, the students were able to ask questions.
Vicky was grilled on a range of topics including how law making works, how long it takes to set up a trade deal, should 16-year-olds have voted in the EU Referendum and asked about projects she is involved in.
Blake Matthews, Head of Learning for Humanities at Seevic College, said the students really enjoyed the chance to speak to a politician in depth about their work.
He said: "It is great to give the students the chance to ask about issues they have been learning or reading about in the classroom.
"The questions they were asking were really insightful and Vicky was brilliant at answering them in a clear and engaging way."
To find out more about studying Politics or Law at Seevic College, go to seevic-college.ac.uk.
My Political Priorities
Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.
I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care and improved lifestyles for all our families.
Strong security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.
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