Today I attended the CWO Schools Summit at the House of Commons, as a speaker. Fiona Hodgson and her team (Angela Guillaume, Pauline Lucas, Elaine Hall, Eve Burt) had pulled together this event for 100 sixth form girls to learn about Women in Politics.
Jacqui Lait MP was chairing the event, and the girls heard from Theresa May, Eleanor Laing, Anne Milton and then me!!! Thank goodness I am used to speaking in public. The event was held in Committee Room 14, the Gladstone Room, where the Finance Bill is debated in Committee each year.
There were girls there from 12 different schools, 6 private, and 6 state, from both lower and upper sixth. And my old history teacher, Mr Dukes, was one of the accompanying teachers - what a small world.
The girls were incredibly bright and encouragingly ambitious and put some difficult and probing questions to the panel of speakers about politics, working hours, prospects, and Maggie Thatcher.
The event was a great success, and I hope to be involved in many more events. It was great when one of the state schools from Beckenham were asking questions at the end and said that they had been really inspired by the day.