Devonshire Road Primary School kids give MP a grilling

The Bolton News: Year six pupils at Devonshire Road Primary School with MP David Crausby Year six pupils at Devonshire Road Primary School with MP David Crausby

PRIME minister’s question time can often feel like a primary school argument.

So it was no surprise when Bolton North East MP David Crausby faced a tough grilling from pupils at Devonshire Road Primary School.

Year six pupils at the school met the MP as part of Parliament Week — five days of activities exploring the world of politics.

The children asked Mr Crausby about a variety of subjects, including the bedroom tax and how many PE lessons children should have.

They also held a debate in the school hall on animal testing, with year five pupils voting to decide which side was the most convincing.

Deputy head teacher Joanne Bladen said it was the second year the school had held the event.

She said: “It was a fantastic afternoon.

“We set up the hall like the House of Commons and the children behaved like MPs, each devising a small speech, shouting ‘hear, hear’ and shaking their papers.

“The children asked Mr Crausby about his role as an MP and what his job entails, the most difficult elements and more.

“He said he was really impressed by their mature nature — he even said they behaved better than some of the MPs.”

Mr Crausby said: “It was great to see young people taking an interest and discover-ing that politics plays a big role in a whole range of issues that affect our day to day lives.

“I hope that they continue to ask questions about the way the country works and share that enthusiasm with their friends and families.”

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