Residents from Longwell 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 the local MP Chris Skidmore. The trip was the MP’s latest Tour of Parliament initiative for local residents of the Kingswood constituency and the first for the new year.
Local residents met near Longwell Green Community Centre very early on Wednesday morning to board the coach organised by the Member of Parliament for Kingswood. 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.
A quick lunch break followed the visit, with residents gathering at the Jubilee Café right next to Westminster Hall. The visitors then had the opportunity to meet with Chris in a Committee Room at the Palace, where a Q&A session took place, giving local people the chance to discuss their concerns and chat about current affairs with the MP directly.
Chris said: “Once again I was delighted to be able to reach out to local Kingswood residents and provide them with the opportunity to visit the epicentre of our great democracy. 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”.
Councillor Judy Adams, who joined local residents on the trip, said: “It was a pleasure to join other people from our community on this visit to the Houses of Parliament. These trips are a fantastic opportunity to gain a better insight into the day to day running of Parliament and to talk to your MP in person. It was an amazing experience and a great day out for all of us”.