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Local MP joins Peer for presentation at Lawnswood School

March 27, 2017 2:48 PM

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has joined Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oates of Denby Grange in giving a presentation on the law-making process to students at Lawnswood School.

Mr Mulholland began by explaining to the large group of Law, Sociology, and Politics students the various ways that bills can be introduced, and how they subsequently become law. He used examples that he was involved in whilst part of the coalition government, such as his successful amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act in 2014.

Lord Oates then explained the relationship that the House of Lords has with the House of Commons, using the recent legislation allowing Theresa May to trigger Article 50 as an example, before taking questions and answers together with Mr Mulholland.

Greg and Jonny with Lawnswood studentsCommenting, Mr Mulholland said:
"I was delighted to join Lord Oates at Lawnswood School. Given the recent high-profile exchanges between the Lords and the Commons in Parliament, this was a great chance for the students to question a member of each House in person.

"The students posed a number of thoughtful and intelligent questions to both of us. Speaking to young people around the constituency about democracy and the role of government is one of the absolute highlights of my job. It was a pleasure to visit Lawnswood School."

Lord Oates added:
"It was a real pleasure to visit Lawnswood School with Greg to talk about the work of the UK Parliament and meet such an engaged group of students."

Jo Bell, Headteacher of Lawnswood School said:
"Year 10 to Year 13 Social Science students at Lawnswood School were delighted to receive a visit from both Greg Mulholland MP and Lord Oates. They enjoyed very clearly presented and informative talks on the nature and workings of both Houses of Parliament. The students asked perceptive and challenging questions covering areas such as Brexit and the reform of the House of Lords, receiving eloquent and thought-provoking responses.

"The students were particularly grateful to receive their guests considering the difficult nature of the past few days in Westminster."