Henfield student visits Parliament

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert welcomed Henfield student Amy Johnson to Westminster on Thursday (6 March) to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Nick Herbert MP with Amy Johnson SUS-140317-124446001Nick Herbert MP with Amy Johnson SUS-140317-124446001
Nick Herbert MP with Amy Johnson SUS-140317-124446001

Amy Johnson, aged 18, is studying politics at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) and was chosen to take part in a special day of events at the invitation of Mr Herbert.

Amy was amongst a group of female students from around the UK who were invited to spend time shadowing their MPs and seeing behind the scenes of their parliamentary offices. Her day in Westminster also included an exclusive tour of Number 10 and an afternoon tea hosted by the Speaker John Bercow MP in the Speaker’s State apartments.

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International Women’s Day is a global initiative aimed at young girls to inspire their futures. In Parliament the event was organised by the All Party Group for Women with the international theme of Inspiring Change. The hope is that young girls are inspired by their MPs and women in Parliament and business to consider careers and opportunities they may otherwise have excluded themselves from.

Amy Johnson said: “I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to spend a day with my MP and his team learning about their work at Westminster and also their contributions to constituency matters.

“The experience has inspired me to think about a potential career in Politics.”

Nick Herbert said: “It was a huge pleasure to meet Amy and I am sure that she will be successful in whatever career she chooses. We all very much enjoyed showing her around for the day.”

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“I think this was a great initiative to inspire young women, encourage them to fulfil their potential and realise the range of opportunities which can be open to them.”

Report and picture contributed by he Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP.