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Largan column: Supporting young people in the High Peak

High Peak MP Robert Largan at St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy in New Mills.

Supporting the borough's young people is the focus of High Peak MP Robert Largan's latest column for the Glossop Chronicle.

One of my favourite parts of this job is visiting some of our fantastic local schools, speaking to the dedicated teaching staff, and taking questions from the pupils.

I recently spent an enjoyable morning at Saint Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy in New Mills. Whilst there I saw a great song and dance performance from Class 3 about British values. It’s heart-warming to see children learning about the things that make our country such a great place to live.

I also saw some of the students’ artwork, some of which is now proudly on display in my office in Whaley Bridge.

The pupils certainly didn’t hold back when it came to questioning me and I faced some tough questions on everything from speed cameras to my favourite football team. The great thing about talking to young people is that you never know what they’re going to say next.

As well as New Mills primary school, I also visited Charlesworth Primary to see for myself the difficulties the children there are facing on their way to school. Residents will know that the village is often used as a rat run to avoid the congestion on Mottram Moor, making roads very busy in the morning.

Together with hard-working local Councillor, George Wharmby, the children are campaigning to have a crossing put in place in the village. The children have my full backing, and I will be pushing hard to get a crossing built.

I was very pleased to welcome students from the school to Parliament the other week too. I am always eager to get school groups and constituents down to Westminster. Do get in touch if you’d like a free tour of Parliament.

I also offer work experience placements in both my Whaley Bridge and Westminster offices. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to assist my team answering queries from constituents, researching government policy, writing press releases, or accompanying me to meetings in Westminster.

If you’re over the age of 14 and would be interested in seeing what it’s like to be an MP, you can apply by sending a copy of your CV and short covering letter to mail@robertlargan.uk.

The pandemic has been particularly tough for young people and there is a real danger that covid will end up exacerbating long-standing inequalities. I am determined that every child, regardless of their background, has the same opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Last year I was proud to hold the first ever High Peak Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair, connecting hundreds of employers with prospective job hunters. I am pleased to report that work is under way on another fair later this year. Watch this space!

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