Residents from Lyde Green and Emersons Green 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. The trip was the local MP’s latest Tour of Parliament this November.
Local residents met in the Lyde Green area early on Wednesday 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 well-earned rest and break 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.
More Tours will be arranged in the future, with Chris reiterating his enthusiasm for continuing these events. 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 local Councillor Rachael Hunt, who remarked: “I am very pleased to have been able to join local residents on this Trip up to the Houses of Parliament. It was a great day out and an amazing opportunity to gain a better insight into the day to day running of Parliament”.