Ruffley Takes Lessons in Democracy at Stowmarket Middle School

Tuesday, 13 January, 2004

David Ruffley is continuing his rolling programme of visits to schools in his constituency with a visit to Stowmarket Middle School on Friday, 16 January to speak to groups of pupils as part of their Physical, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. David will meet pupils from Year 8 (12 year olds).

The pupils have just started the part of syllabus that deals with democracy. David will be explaining his role as a Member of Parliament and the work he does in the local community. He will also be talking about how democracy works and how people can involve themselves in the democratic process.

David said: 'Learning about the way the country is governed and way in which we elect our representatives at all levels is an important part of the education system. We are all affected by the decisions made by government and local councils. I believe people of all ages should be encouraged to participate in the democratic process whether it be voting in national elections or schoolchildren electing class representatives to their School Council.

I was delighted to be invited to meet Year 8 pupils at Stowmarket Middle School. I look forward to a lively session and some interesting questions. I am always amazed by the imaginative and thoughtful questions I am asked on these occasions and I am sure the pupils of Stowmarket Middle will be no different!