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Antoinette Sandbach MP visits Tarporley school prompted by social media request

Tweet from sixth former sets ball rolling

Tarporley High School sixth form pastoral manager Tina Everton, MP Antoinette Sandbach, director of sixth form Chris Nuttall

A Twitter request from a sixth former has resulted in Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach visiting Tarporley High School & Sixth Form College.

Olivia Gregory, an active member of the sixth form 2015 Committee, was keen to build on the success of the school’s General Election hustings event and ensure that sixth formers remain engaged in politics.

After meeting Olivia and a small group of students, Ms Sandbach addressed sixth formers and provided an insight into her own interesting entry into the political arena.

She stressed the importance of young people utilising their power by not only voting but also becoming involved in political parties so that their needs are heard and addressed.

Tarporley High School - head boy Matty Davies, deputy head boy Sebastian Ziman, candidate for the NY Youth Parliament Sarah Stearne, MP Antoinette Sandbach, head girl Lucy Millington, 2015 Committee - Olivia Gregory and Rhiannon Price, with sixth form pastoral manager Tina Everton and director of sixth form Chris Nuttall

Questions from the floor centred around local, national and international issues, covering such items as the loss of the Chester bus service, the EU Referendum, Junior Doctors and the Syrian crisis.

Director of sixth form Chris Nuttall said: “It was a privilege for our sixth formers to welcome Antoinette to our school and I would like to thank Olivia in Y13 for being so proactive in instigating the visit.

“We believe it is vital that young people engage in politics and we were so impressed by our articulate students who posed a number of important questions. Thank you also to Antoinette for giving her valuable time to listen to the young people of her constituency.”

Olivia now plans to form a petition and campaign about the difficulties caused by the recent reduction in the bus service to Chester which was a hot topic during the debate.

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