Students discuss Politics and Parliament with MP Damian Hinds

Last Friday, the local Conservative MP for East Hampshire, Damian Hinds visited Bedales to discuss with students the mechanics of Parliament. After joining a group of Bedalians for lunch, Damian spoke to a collection of Politics students and those who were curious to find out what the MP had to say. The talk provided an insight into the true procedures of Parliament allowing for a Q & A in which many Bedalian’s main focus was towards current affairs. This led to in-depth discussions with the MP which shed particular light on events including the present relationship between the Coalition and the Opposition, which led to Damian revealing the series of events contributing to David Cameron’s failed attempt for possible military action in Syria. This helped us to question the Government’s relationship with Parliament from a unique insider’s perspective. Overall it was a talk in which all the students left with a more rounded view of our government today.

By Henry Rice, 6.1

MP Damian Hinds and Bedales students

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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