Midhurst students inspired by visit from Lord Dholakia

MIDHURST Rother College received a visit from Lord Dholakia, a member of the House of Lords, in a bid to stimulate interest among students in parliamentary and political life.

He met sixth formers and spoke about the work and role of the House of Lords.

This was followed by a question and answer session when students grilled him about the country’s current affairs and in particular about student fees, their prospects for employment and the disparity in wages, most specifically in the NHS.

Now Lord Dholakia has invited students to visit him at Westminster for the day.

Principal Dr Joe Vitagliano said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives. I particularly applaud any initiative which involves young people in the political process through contact with individuals who operate within it at such a high level – it helps to bridge what might seem a huge chasm. Lord Dholakia is a great ambassador for this programme.”

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s Peers in Schools programme, which has been running across the country since 2007.