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Chichester College students quiz Gillian Keegan MP

4 March 2024

A-level Politics students welcomed Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan MP, for an exclusive insight into the life of a politician.

Several first and second year students spent time gathering questions to bring to Gillian upon her visit recently (Friday 23 February).

After a warm welcome from Ashley Crowson, lecturer in politics & geography, Gillian started the Q&A session by explaining a little bit about her background and the best routes into Parliament.

Gillian explained: “There are so many ways to get into Parliament which are not spoken about nearly enough.

“I was 46 years old and randomly on a trip to the local theatre when I was asked would I consider being an MP and here I am now”.

Students were particularly surprised to hear that Gillian is the only member of the House of Commons with a degree apprenticeship route in her education journey.

Politics student Rachel asked: “If you had to pick a cabinet of choice which would you choose?”

Gillian answered: “Coming from a failing comprehensive school where 92% of the pupils left without five GCSEs, I understood the importance of being the secretary for education. 

“Ultimately I would always choose this position and I’m thrilled to have this role.”

Helen Loftus, Principal of Chichester College, said: “We were grateful to welcome Gillian to the college – as our local MP as well as our Secretary of State for Education.

“The consistent engagement from all of the students involved proved just how important these visits can be to inspire future generations and inspire them to see what they can achieve.

“It’s important for us to engage with our local MPs, and for them to see how the college works – and this visit also allowed us an opportunity to speak about the challenges colleges are facing in the current financial climate in terms of funding as well as policy changes.”

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