Issued: November 19, 2018
MP visits Chigwell Row Infant School to mark UK Parliament Week
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Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing was invited to visit Chigwell Row Infant School as part of UK Parliament Week.
Dame Eleanor met Reception class children who showed the MP their artwork before she held a question and answer session with children in Years 1 and 2.
The children had learnt about the work of Parliament and MPs and were ready with a wide range of questions which ranged from how big is the Houses of Parliament and why did Dame Eleanor chose to become an MP to what is her favourite fruit and how many hours a day does she work?
Dame Eleanor said: "It was a pleasure to visit the school and meet all the children. It was particularly nice to see some of the pictures which had been drawn by the Reception children."
She added: "The Year 1 and Year 2 children had put a lot of thought into their questions and already knew a lot about how Parliament works.
"I am sure there were some budding future politicians among them."
Dame Eleanor was presented with a thank you gift by the children - one of the school's mugs which were produced to commemorate this year's Royal Wedding.
Headteacher Stephen Hale said: " We were all really pleased that Eleanor was able to visit us during Parliament Week.
"!The children have been learning what Parliament is, the job that a Member of Parliament does and how laws are made. They have seen pictures of Eleanor but now they have had the opportunity to meet her in person and ask her questions about her work.
"This has given them more insight into how Parliament works. What a fantastic opportunity for the children of Chigwell Row."