William Dartmouth visits 6th form politics lesson

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in News | No Comments

Sixth Form Politics students at saltash.net community school had the opportunity last week to discuss Politics with an MEP and Hereditary Peer.

William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP for the South West, who also sat in the House of the Lords as the Earl of Dartmouth from 1997-1999, met with both year 12 and year 13 students. He spoke about the role and make-up of the European Parliament, and took many questions from both groups on such diverse issues as EU funding for Cornwall, public perceptions of UKIP, immigration and his views of David Cameron.

Mr Dartmouth is one of only two UK politicians to have sat as both an elected and unelected representative, the other being Liberal Democrat John (Viscount) Thurso.

Year 13 student, Dave Wunderle, said, “Although I didn’t agree with his point of view it was very interesting to be able to argue with someone who has been in the House of Lords and is now an MEP. Arguing about different ideas is part of what makes Politics fun.”

Head of Politics, Adam Killeya, who organised the visit, commented, “Politics is not just a subject in a textbook – it is a living, breathing subject that is happening around us all the time. The chance to talk to those who actually help to make the decisions that affect us is really important, and a great opportunity for the students.”

Politics and History teacher, Emma Metters, added, “What was particularly good was the buzz it created amongst the students – they were talking about the visit in their other lessons and making the links between Politics, other subjects and the real world.”

Picture attached – William Dartmouth MEP speaks to Year 13 students Lily, Dave, Dan and George, and Politics Link Governor Julie Jones.