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From Dagenham to Downing Street: Pupils in political visit

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 May 2019

Sydney Russell School pupils outside 10 Downing Street. Picture: Sydney Russell School

Sydney Russell School pupils outside 10 Downing Street. Picture: Sydney Russell School

Sydney Russell School

A group of Dagenham pupils have paid a visit to one of the most famous addresses in the country - 10 Downing Street.

The Year 12s, who are studying politics at Sydney Russell School, went through the iconic black door and into the reception rooms, with the group impressed by the portraits of past prime ministers on the walls.

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The youngsters met with Andrew Bowie MP, the parliamentary private secretary to Theresa May, who asked them for their thoughts on Brexit and lowering the voting age to 16.

They were also allowed into the cabinet meeting room and spoke with other members of the prime minister's staff, who offered an insight into the daily workings of government and the challenges faced by senior politicians.

The visit was organised by one of the Parsloes Avenue school's former pupils, who is now working as a civil servant in Whitehall.


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