COLLEGE students questioned Warrington South MP Andy Carter on the Government’s handling of the pandemic as part of UK Parliament Week.

Tory Mr Carter invited residents across his constituency to get involved in Parliament Week and join a UK-wide conversation about democracy, people power and making change happen.

It is an annual event taking place from November 1 to 7, which engages people from across the UK with their Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

This year the focus is on how small actions can lead to big changes, encouraging participants to get informed, take action and make an impact on issues they care about.

Mr Carter said: “I want to encourage people from across Warrington South to get involved with UK Parliament Week 2021.

“Active participation is vital in a thriving democracy and we all have our part to play.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how organisations and local groups in Warrington join in, there are around 25 different events taking place this year, hosted by different schools, girl guides, parish councils and many more.

“Last year, almost one million people took part in UK Parliament Week, despite the challenging circumstances caused by Covid-19.

“I’m sure we can top that this year, and I know from my recent visit and Q&A with Priestley College that young people in particular want to know more about Parliament and how our democracy works.”

Mr Carter visited Priestley College as part of Parliament Week and conducted a question-and-answer session with more than 50 students.

He faced questions on the Government’s handling of the pandemic and his own approach to politics.

Principal James Gresty said: “We believe it is important our students engage and understand the democratic process and opportunities like this are a great way of bringing it to life.

“It was clear by the end of what turned out to be a robust discussion, that it had been a thought-provoking and valuable experience for the students and, hopefully, one that Andy also enjoyed.”

Amy Baxter, head of education and engagement at UK Parliament, also shared her views.

She said: “Every year we are delighted to see so many people take part in UK Parliament Week. It’s a great opportunity to get informed, take action and make an impact in Warrington and beyond.

“Change starts with you and UK Parliament Week is a great way to learn how you can make a difference.”

Those who sign up for UK Parliament Week will be sent a free kit packed with resources, including a booklet, a ballot box, stickers and a packet of ‘sow the seeds of democracy’ chilli seeds.

There are tailored kits available for youth groups, primary and secondary schools, and each nation of the UK.