A GROUP of Dewsbury teenagers have toured the corridors of power at the Houses of Parliament.
Twenty-five sixth form students from St John Fisher Catholic High School were taken on the trip to London by Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik.
They were given a tour of the Parliament buildings and heard a talk about the importance of democracy in today's society.
Mr Malik said he organised the trip to honour a promise he gave to Dewsbury voters before the General Election - saying he would get more people involved in public and political life.
He said: "I was surprised at the volume of questions the students were asking. It shows it isn't true that young people are not interested in politics, it's just that we haven't reached out to them sufficiently.
"The House of Commons is the `people's palace' and there is no better feeling than getting local people down there so they can share the experience and understand the privilege they have bestowed on me by making me their MP."
St John Fisher teacher Andrea Clarke accompanied the students on the trip. She said the students had enjoyed the experience.
She said: "It was a fantastic tour and the students learned some valuable lessons about how Parliament works."