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Pupils at Community College Whitstable put Tory MP Sir Julian Brazier in the hot-seat as hundreds quiz him on life in Westminster

PUBLISHED: 11:39 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 24 April 2017

Julian Brazier meets pupils at the Community College Whitstable

Julian Brazier meets pupils at the Community College Whitstable

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It was the latest event organised by the school and saw a huge response from students

Canterbury and Whitstable MP Sir Julian Brazier prepared for the election campaign which lies ahead by going head-to-head with hundreds of pupils at The Community College Whitstable on Friday.

The Conservative, who has served as MP in the constituency since 1987, spoke of his experiences of Westminster and took questions from the 200-plus pupils after accepting an invitation to come and meet them.

And it was hailed as a great success by both pupils, staff and the politician himself. His visit came just days after Theresa May triggered the race to a snap general election on June 8.

Headteacher Ana Gibson said: “Our pupils really appreciated him taking the time out of his busy schedule to attend and asked some insightful questions.

“The current political environment and the snap general election called just days earlier made this a great chance for pupils to speak directly to someone who is at the very heart of Westminster and at such an exciting time.

“Sir Julian was also given a guided tour of the school and was very impressed by all the improvements we have introduced over the last year. This was the perfect opportunity for him to not only see what a difference we’re making here, but to come face-to-face with the inquisitive minds of our pupils. It was a great success. I think he got as much out of it as our pupils did.”

It was just the latest in a series of events organised for the whole school by the leader of its grammar stream, Emma Britcher. The introduction of the school’s grammar stream has seen strong links developed with local universities and a host of workshops and visits arranged to enrich all pupils’ learning experiences at the non-selective school.

The packed theatre on April 21, heard Sir Julian discuss everything from Brexit to the funding of hospitals and even his experiences of meeting the Queen.

The MP said: “I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the pupils I met at The Community College Whitstable – I often say that young people can ask the most interesting questions and this was certainly the case today.”

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