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Baroness visits London school

posted 31 Oct 2018, 08:44 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 31 Oct 2018, 08:44 ]
The inner workings of the Houses of Parliament were revealed to citizenship, law and business students.
Jenny McIntosh, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, visited GCSE and A-level students at Nightingale Academy, in
Edmonton.
The arts consultant, theatre executive and Labour politician spoke about the structure of the House of Lords,
where she is a member and deputy speaker, and its responsibilities.
Along with PC Kane McKnight and Councillor Bernadette Lappage, Baroness McIntosh answered questions
from Year 11 and 12 students on personal interests, what is important to them, what they are doing to help
young people and gave views on lowering the voting age.

Baroness McIntosh told students: “It is a huge privilege to be where I am. It is very hard not to be aware
every day what an extraordinary thing it is to go to that building and take part in the processes which have a
very serious impact on people’s lives. It’s a huge honour to do what I do.
“When I do these school visits, and I do four or five per year, I get up and think ‘I could be doing something
else’. But, I come away and think ‘that was absolutely great’. There’s a reason to be hopeful and optimistic
for the future.
“Be aware that people like us who are watching you really want you to succeed. That’s particularly true of
your headteacher and staff and of a lot of others, as well. The world depends on people like you growing up
as engaged citizens.
“What I have seen and heard here today, I think it will be alright. That gives me great hope.”
Coun Lappage, Labour party member for the Jubilee ward, told students about her work in the borough with
foster carers and the Enfield Sounds Great charity, and PC McKnight told students about his involvement
with the police cadets and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Jenet Gwaki, director of environmental, social and digital faculty at Nightingale, said: “It is great that our
students are active citizens. I am pleased with their progress and it is fantastic that they are engaged in
politics in this way.”