Students get a glimpse of life as an MP

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis, MP welcomed two students in her constituency to complete a week of work experience in her offices.

Luca Filippi, 18, and Will Thompson, 17, both completed a week in Mrs Prentis’ constituency office in Upper Heyford and also spent a day in Westminster in her parliamentary office.

The Conservative MP held the Banbury seat in May’s General Election and took over from long-standing MP Sir Tony Baldry. It has already been a busy few months for Mrs Prentis and over the week the pupils were given the opportunity to prepare briefings, draft correspondence, and prepare materials for online and internal office use.

At Westminster, they had the chance to attend Select Committee hearings with speakers including Home Secretary Theresa May and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. They also observed a parliamentary debate in the main House of Commons chamber.

Luca has recently finished his A-levels at Blessed George Napier School in Addison Road, Banbury and said “The main reason I applied for this work experience was to gain a deeper insight into British politics, but I finished having also developed many useful office skills, which I know will be of great use in future employment.

“I would definitely encourage all young people to try and arrange work experience with their local MP.”

Will, who is set to continue his A-level studies at The Warriner School in Bloxham, said: “I really appreciated the more challenging and important nature of the work I was being set, as it meant I could genuinely learn and benefit from it, unlike many work experience opportunities for people my age.”

And Mrs Prentis was extremely pleased with the first two students to complete work experience with her since her election in May.

She said: “I was delighted to be able to welcome Luca and Will to my new office in Upper Heyford, to see first-hand the sheer variety of things that go on in an MP’s office over a week. I was very impressed with their dedication, and the quality of work they produced.

“There will only be a few spaces available throughout the year, but I hope to welcome students from across North Oxfordshire to my offices for work experience on a regular basis.”