Teenage Royds Hall politician heads to Westminster

BUDDING teenage politician Robert Daniel was quick off the mark when MP Hilary Benn visited his school.

BUDDING teenage politician Robert Daniel was quick off the mark when MP Hilary Benn visited his school.

The pupil of Royds Hall High School, Paddock, wasted no time in asking the Labour MP for Leeds Central if he could visit him at Westminster.

His request was duly granted and Robert, 14, who lives at Birchencliffe, has just returned from a two-day visit to the House of Commons.

Mr Ben, the son of veteran politician Tony Benn, was himself involved in politics from his teenage years.

He is now MP for Leeds Central and the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.

Previously, he served as International Development Secretary, as a Minister in the Home Office and Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

His young protege wrote a log of his visit to Westminster and here is an excerpt of the account:

“Day 1:

I went to Westminster tube station then went to Portcullis House where two men with big guns searched me.

I then had my picture taken to go on a visitors pass.

I met Sally Clarke the secretary and wife of The Hon Hilary Benn MP.

She took me to Hilary’s office in the Palace of Westminster and it was fantastic. His desk was incredibly cluttered with papers and envelopes but that’s how it should be, am I right?

Day 2:

Today I was writing emails to important MPs on Hilary’s behalf such as Theresa May MP and Rt Hon William Hague MP. After this I watched George Osbourne’s Budget speech in Hilary’s office.

After this Hilary took me on a quick tour of the Palace. As we walked past the speaker’s office we said ‘hello’ to John Bercow and then Ed Milliband walked in to speak to the speaker.

I then spoke to Ed Milliband and had my picture taken with him.

I found him a really interesting guy and like his ideas.

I then filmed an interview for my school’s TV channel and did little jobs around Hilary’s office whilst discussing politics.

I had a fantastic day. I hope I can follow in Hilary Benn’s footsteps.

I am now a member of the Labour Party.”

 
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