North Herts CVS hosted a coach trip to the Houses of Parliament on 11th July 2016, with the aim to provide a great day out for North Herts residents and connect people with Parliamentary democracy.
With the results of the EU referendum out and its rapid political aftermath, it was a perfect opportunity for local people to find out more about Parliament, its function and role in today’s society.
The visitors enjoyed a one hour tour of the Houses of Parliament and participated in a brief question and answer session with local MP, Sir Oliver Heald.
Michal Siewniak who is responsible for community development said: “Our trip to the Houses of Parliament was a real success. It started with an amazing tour guide who was passionate about the history of the Westminster Palace. He was extremely engaging and inclusive. The Q&A session with Sir Oliver Heald gave us an opportunity to ‘put politics in practice’, ask many questions about current affairs, enhance our understanding of the democratic processes and build real connections between elected parliamentarians and members of the public. It simply was fantastic and I was privileged to be part of the group”.
This Houses of Parliament trip was an initiative which is part of the Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, hosted by North Herts CVS. The campaign, funded by North Herts Local Strategic Partnership, has run since last June and at the beginning of this year covered events in the Wilbury Ward of Letchworth.
Sue Lines of the Wilbury Community Forum said: We were present when breaking news was being made in the House of Commons. We were in session with Sir Oliver Heald, as the news of unfolding of events were fed to him (and us) about Teresa May becoming the next Prime Minister after Andrea Leadsom stood down from the leadership race.
The visitors then had a photo opportunity with Sir Oliver Heald and MEP Vicky Ford, Chairman of the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee, on the parliament steps.