Residents from Kingswood and Hanham have this week been given a first-hand experience at the heart of British Democracy as part of a tour of Westminster organised by MP Chris Skidmore. October’s Tour marked the local MP’s second trip up to the Houses of Parliament for local residents.
Local residents met in Siston early on Tuesday morning to board the coach organised by the local MP. Over 50 residents enjoyed a fully guided tour of the Palace of Westminster, tracing some of the steps of Her Majesty the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. The tour began with a visit to Central Lobby, Westminster Hall and St Stephens Hall, before a close look at the House of Lords Chamber.
After a spot of lunch at Jubilee Café next to Westminster Hall, residents made their way to a Committee Room, where they met with Chris and had a Q&A session, giving local people the chance to discuss their concerns with the MP directly.
Preparations are underway for more tours to take place this year, with Chris reiterating his enthusiasm for continuing these events. Hanham residents took part in a similar tour on 5th September. The MP said: “It is a very special experience to visit the epicentre of our great democracy and I am very pleased I have been able to reach out to our residents in arranging an event like this. It is not enough for MPs to sit back and expect people to get in touch with them, and I look forward to organising further successful visits for residents across the constituency”.
Also joining in the tour with the residents was South Gloucestershire Council Leader Cllr Toby Savage, who remarked: “The benefits of residents getting such an intimate view of our democracy are unbelievable and I am really pleased Chris has been able to offer this opportunity”.