Sir Edward faces his own question time

Sir Edward Leigh MP officially opens the new play equipment at Osgodby School EMN-140504-094600001

Sir Edward Leigh MP officially opens the new play equipment at Osgodby School EMN-140504-094600001

After opening the new play area, MP Sir Edward Leigh faced a ‘grilling’ from the pupils.

Here are just some of the questions they asked him.

Q: How do you like being an MP?

A: I very much like being an MP. I wouldn’t have done it for so long if I didn’t. It is a very nice constituency.

Q: Do you ever get nervous?

A: Not really now. But if it is a big occasion like Prime Minister’s Questions and you have to stand up, that can be quite nerve-racking. The Commons can be quite cruel, people shouting if they don’t agree with you, but that does make it exciting.

Q: Have you ever made a mistake?

A: Thousands of them. The thing is not to worry about them, but to learn from them. I am a bit naughty; I push the boundaries. Lots of my mistakes are down to me speaking my mind.

Q: How many hours do you work?

A: We work quite long hours at the House of Commons. When I first got in, there was no time limit so things could go on all night, but now hours are more family friendly. We finish at 10pm on Mondays, 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 5pm on Thursdays.

Q: Do you like swimming?

A: Every morning when I am in London I go swimming in the Serpentine.

Q: What would be good advice if any of us wanted to be an MP?

A: Like everyhting, if you want to do something you have to prepare for it. The way to prepare is to take part in politics, that is what I did. You have to get a good education, work hard and pass exams, then take part in politics at university. I was president of the debating society, then I went to London where I got a job with Margaret Thatcher doing her correspondence. Lots of poeple ask my advice, I say work hard and go for it.

Q: What advice would you give to help us get a school hall?

A: If you want to get something in this country, it is usually those who shout loudest that get it. It will happen eventually. The economy is now growing again so there is no reason why you shouldn’t get a new hall.




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