06:00PM, Saturday 12 November 2016
Prominent politicians like the Prime Minister are used to vigorous contests in the House of Commons, but she appeared at a different venue on Friday, November 4.
Theresa May MP visited the debate club at Furze Platt Senior School and gave a 10-minute talk to its members.
She then took part in a 45-minute question-and-answer session, during which she fielded questions about Brexit, grammar schools, the government’s decision to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow and the environment.
More than 100 staff and pupils across the year groups at the Furze Platt Road school took part, with the students attending picked by ballot.
Mrs May said: “I was delighted to take part in today’s discussion at Furze Platt Senior School.
“Students of all ages asked a range of questions and it was clear they were extremely engaged in politics and current affairs and had strong views on the issues we face.
“It was a very lively and engaging debate.”
It was organised by sixthformers Sam MacGregor, 18, and Patrick Ashe, 17, who had invited Mrs May to attend the club over a year ago, when she was Home Secretary.
Both are keen on politics and hope to go on to study political topics at university.
Patrick said: “It was very interesting to hear how the Prime Minister discussed big issues in an accessible way.”
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