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Discussing politics with David Lidington, MP

Politics students enjoyed an evening of political discourse on Friday when the Rt Hon David Lidington MP visited the School.  The MP, who is currently the Minister for the Cabinet Office, took time out of his exceptionally busy schedule to visit Oakham School.

It was a packed evening of insights and debate, with Mr Lidington discussing why all MPs from different political parties go into national politics. He touched on many of his government responsibilities, as well as highlighting the many challenges facing the government and the long term concerns of future generations.

The MP was very impressed with the interesting questions he faced from the students after his talk.  He was, of course, very adept at handling their probing questions, as he takes PMQTs when the Prime Minister is away, and having appeared on BBC Question Time the night before visiting Oakham!

“Our students are incredibly lucky to be able to live and breathe Politics through a variety of different enrichment opportunities, such as Mr Lidington’s visit to the school,” says Laurence Ward, Head of Politics and International Relations.  “IB Global Politics students were fortunate enough to have a meal with him before his talk, so they were able to discuss their coursework ideas.”

He was also given a tour of Oakham’s Politics department, in our new Social Sciences Faculty, and remarked on our distinctive Number 10 classroom door!

This is not the first time Mr Lidington has visited Oakham - he came two years ago just after the EU referendum was announced, when he was the Minister for Europe. He gave an enthralling and very timely talk about global politics – where the students learnt, first hand, about the process of brokering a new EU deal. 

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