On Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking to politics students at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington, about what it means to be an MP, and the work I do to support constituents in Bristol East. I took questions from students on a range of subjects, including voting reform, disability rights, the Government’s crackdown on protest in the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the future direction of the Labour Party and whether I thought Boris Johnson should resign – that was an easy one!
I also met with the Principal to talk about the college’s future plans. We discussed the importance of protecting student choice and retaining the option of BTECs for students while also offering T-Levels, as well as the need for consistent funding across the 16-19 year old range. At the moment, students doing a third year at sixth form colleges are still only funded at 75% of what first and second year students attract. I’ve always had a good relationship with St Brendan’s and I’d like to thank them for being so welcoming. I look forward to visiting again in future.