School Visits

Every year MPs welcome hundreds of school students to Parliament. The usual format is a coach trip, arriving in London during the morning for a free walking tour of the Palace of Westminster (see the link on Westminster Trips for more details) followed by one of the many workshops booked through Parliament's Education Service.

I always try to meet visitors from the constituency to talk about the politics and history of Westminster, the work of an MP and about local issues. The best numbers are 10-30 on each visit and the best day for a tour is a Tuesday when Parliament is sitting (October to July). But please bear in mind that tours of Westminster need to booked months in advance.

Groups of young people making Education Visits to Parliament from my constituency may be eligible for a transport subsidy to help defray the costs of travel to and from London. You can check if your school is eligible by clicking here.

Visits to London can also take in nearby London sights such as Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery or the London Eye before heading home. There are often free educational exhibitions in Parliament too (details on www.parliament.uk/education).

I also carry out a programme of school visits throughout the constituency. The visits are a good opportunity for students and teachers to talk to me about issues, as well as for me to see the school at work.

Please contact Parliament's Education Service on 0207 219 4496 to enquire about a visit to Westminster, or contact my office if you would like me to visit your school.