School Council was very privileged today to be able to meet Daisy Cooper, our Member of Parliament for St Albans and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party. We were all elected by our peers after School Elections in September, so we were very excited to be able to meet a real elected M.P. and find out more about her job and responsibilities. We had so many questions prepared to ask Daisy, and she was able to answer everything in detail, explaining some complicated issues to us in ways that we could understand. We also enjoyed learning more about Daisy, such as her hobbies (music and cycling) and her favourite colour (yellow, of course)!
Meeting Daisy Cooper has helped us to see why having MPs is so important. In our school, we can speak up to those around us but we need MPs to speak up on our behalf in Parliament to help to make and change laws. MPs can make a big change to our lives – they can help to solve the cost-of-living crisis, they can help to make our education better, they can change the area which we live in to make it safer and they can help to solve the climate crisis. Her visit has inspired us to do more to speak up on behalf of others and try to change our world for the better. It was wonderful to welcome Daisy to our school and we have already invited her back!
“I found it interesting to listen to Daisy’s answers which were extremely detailed. Her answer about helping the environment was excellent because I am passionate about the environment too.” Louis, Year 5
“I found it impressive that she helps so many people and that she has to work in London several times a week. She also works 60-70 hours every week!” Adriana, Year 6
“I found it interesting to hear how when an MP wants to speak they have to stand up and try to catch the Speaker’s eye. This is called ‘bobbing’. It must be quite hard to speak in Parliament.” George, Year 2
“I asked her what her proudest accomplishment was that she had achieved for St Albans. It was interesting to hear how she had spoken to the Secretary for Health during the pandemic to persuade him to fix the oxygen tanks in our local hospital.” Harry, Year 6
“One of us asked her if there was anything she could do to fix potholes in the road and Daisy told us that we could help with this problem by going to the Council website and reporting it.” Sophia, Year 3
“It was amazing to hear about how much Daisy had done for St Albans and how dedicated she is to her job as M.P.” Henry, Year 6
“I really found it interesting to hear what she does day-to-day as an MP. I was surprised to hear how many hours she works and how late the days end. On some days she works in Parliament in London and on other days she works in St Albans to help people.” Samuel, Year 4
“It was amazing to hear about how persuasive she has to be in debates and discussions. She also gave us some good tips for when we do persuasive debates.” Tommy, Year 6
“It was interesting to learn that her day-to-day diary is not set and it can change at the last minute if there is a big news issue that she has to act on.” Madeleine, Year 6
“I liked hearing how Daisy has always wanted to help everyone in St Albans. Before she does a speech, she really thinks about what the people in her constituency want for the good of St Albans and she thinks about how to persuade the people in charge.“ Zinachim, Year 5