UK Parliament Week:
Last year almost a million people took part in over 8,000 activities in every region and nation of the UK, and countries all over the world.
Wolverhampton South West was placed 26 out of 650 for the number of events per constituency. This year, I would like to see many more events taking place. I would be happy to support all community groups that are looking to organise events.
UK Parliament Week (UKPW) is a time to engage with the work of Parliament and your local representatives. If you sign up. you’ll get a kit that helps you get informed about your UK Parliament, take action, and make an impact on the issues you care about.
With over 8,000 activities last year, UK Parliament Week was celebrated in all sorts of ways. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- online Q&A sessions, quizzes and lively debates
- creating petitions and campaigning for change
- making videos and posting online
- debating issues and holding votes
- themed assemblies and school council elections
- baking, crafting and colouring
- virtual chats with MPs, members of the House of Lords, local councillors or mayors, MLAs, MSs and MSPs
If you want to explore further or get started before your kit arrives check out the online resources here.
Every year, MPs welcome hundreds of schoolchildren to Parliament. I am always try to meet visitors from the constituency to talk about the work that I do as Wolverhampton's representative in Westminster.
If you would like to book a tour of the Palace of Westminster, please contact my office.
Tours can be booked for groups of 20 people and repeated tours from the same school are acceptable. Unfortunately, I cannot meet travel costs.
For more details, such as the best times to arrange a tour of Parliament, please visit www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/ukvisitors. Please be aware that tours do need to be booked months in advance.
There are also free educational visits which, in addition to a tour of the Palace, offer children and students the chance to learn more about Parliament through interactive workshops. There is also a travel subsidy available to state schools which could cover up to 75% of your travel costs.
All bookings are made by phone, one school term in advance, on a given date. To make a booking for an educational visit, https://learning.parliament.uk/en/visit-us/
Tours for Constituents:
In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, tours and other non-essential visits were suspended.
UK Parliament is now open to visitors and has been accredited with the ‘Good to go’ industry standard by Visit Britain.
Free guided tours of Parliament are usually available to constituents. The walking tour of the Palace of Westminster includes -
- Westminster Hall, the ancient hall at the heart of the Palace where Parliament first sat and where many historic events have taken place.
- The House of Commons, including the Speaker's Chair and the famous green benches and the 'lobbies' where MPs actually vote.
- The House of Lords, including the Royal Throne.
- The Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, and many other fascinating parts of the Palace of Westminster.
*Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited so generally have to be booked about six months in advance.
I offer work experience opportunities to students from the constituency. The placement gives young people an insight in to local politics and a chance to boost their skills. Students will be able to help with a number of tasks:
- Casework, depending on the age and ability of the student.
- Researching an issue.
- Taking press-cuttings.
- Writing press releases.
- Accompanying the MP to a meeting or an event in the House or in the constituency.
- Assisting with office duties.
- Answering queries from constituents.
Please contact me to enquire about work experience in my office.