Lord Stunell Visits College

Aquinas College Lord Stunell visiting speaker

Lord Stunell of the Liberal Democrat Party kindly came into College on Monday 16th January ’17 to discuss the issue of Brexit and the impact it is likely to have on the lives of young people.

Former MP for Hazel Grove, (1997-2015) Lord Stunell stood down at the 2015 General Election, was nominated for a life peerage and moved to the House of Lords in October of the same year. Steeped in politics Lord Stunell served as a Councillor in both Chester and Stockport prior to election to the House of Commons. As an MP he held a number of posts such as, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Shadow Spokesman (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Chief Whip, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and served on House of Commons Committees such as Finance and Services, International Development and Arms Export Control.

Amy Clarke, a former Werneth High School student now in her upper sixth year studying Maths, English Literature, History and undertaking a Stretch and Challenge programme, took the initiative to invite Lord Stunell in to College as part of a series of political guest speakers.

Lord Stunell stayed in College for over an hour and a half answering dozens of further questions from students on topics such as the election of Donald Trump, the coalition government, the devolution of power to Greater Manchester and participation levels in politics.

Will Dawson, Head of Government & Politics commented, “We offer our sincere thanks to Lord Stunell for being so generous with his time and helping our students further understand the major issues currently facing young people in the UK. ”

Aquinas College Lord Stunnel Lucy Boardman

Pictured with Lord Stunell is Lucy Boardman,

Upper Sixth student and Youth Parliament representative for Stockport, Lucy had the honour, in November ’16, of delivering a closing speech in the House of Commons in support of the Youth Parliament’s Public transport motion.

It is great to see our students so engaged and so passionate about politics.

Finally, a big thank-you to Amy for making the visit happen and to Lord Stunell for giving so generously of his time.