Aylesbury College hosts ‘Question Time’ with local MPsFebruary 25, 2010
David at Aylesbury College Question Time.
In the picture (from left to right) John Bercow MP, Ben Wilmshurst (Student), High Sheriff Allan Westry, Principal Pauline Odulinski, Police Officer Sergeant Steve Laws and David Lidington MP
On 9th February, David Lidington and John Bercow were on the panel of two ‘Question Time’ events at Aylesbury College on Friday. In the second annual event for students, Allan Westray, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Steve Laws from Thames Valley Police and Pauline Odulinski, Principal of Aylesbury College joined with Mr Bercow, MP for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of Commons and Mr Lidington, MP for Aylesbury, in answering a range of questions from over 50 pupils of local schools and students from the College.
In a lively hour and a half, the topics ranged from electoral reform to selective schools, including EU membership, HE fees and MPs salaries. There was widespread agreement on the panel on a number of issues, and a number of key points were acknowledged by the MPs for them to take away and consider.
The panel then attended a buffet lunch in Hardings restaurant, meeting members of the local business community, concluding with another question and answer session, being joined by Graham Grover, Chief Executive of the Buckinghamshire Economic and Learning Partnership.
The questions were equally challenging, although more focussed on the economy and the local needs for growth. Much was made of the prospective election and potential change of Government, with Mr Bercow fastidiously maintaining his impartiality.
At the end of the session, the MPs were unanimous in their praise for the College, not just for the days’ events, but for the continuous improvements it has made in the past decade to make it a community asset to be proud of.