Chris Skidmore MP recently welcomed residents from Siston and New Cheltenham to the Houses of Parliament, who were given a first-hand experience at the heart of British Democracy as part of a tour of Westminster organised by the local MP. The trip marks the Chris’ latest Tour of Parliament initiative for local residents within the Constituency, and the first one in 2019.
Local residents met in the Siston area 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.
After a well-earned rest and lunch 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.
Preparations are currently underway for more tours to take place this year, 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 were local residents Gagan Deep Singh and Stewart Hadley-Clarke, who remarked: “This visit to the Houses of Parliament was an amazing experience and a great day out for us in the local community of Siston and New Cheltenham. These trips are a fantastic opportunity to gain a better insight into the day to day running of Parliament”.