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Foreign Secretary visits Barking

PUBLISHED: 18:14 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:46 11 August 2010

Foreign Sectretary David Miliband with Barking Abbey students

Foreign Sectretary David Miliband with Barking Abbey students

FOREIGN Secretary David Miliband received a thorough grilling from students during his visit to Barking Abbey Upper School today. Mr Miliband arrived early for his meeting with sixth form students and kicked off with a short speech reminding the young a

FOREIGN Secretary David Miliband received a thorough grilling from students during his visit to Barking Abbey Upper School today.

Mr Miliband arrived early for his meeting with sixth form students and kicked off with a short speech reminding the young audience that London is their city and they should turn out for the election on Thursday to have their say.

He then fielded questions from pupils covering a huge variety of topics ranging from the Arab-Israeli conflict which falls firmly within his area of expertise, to issues with the school curriculum which he deftly passed to the school's teaching staff.

Other topics that arose included the 2012 Olympics and the impact they will have on communities within the city, and what is being done to educate young people about climate change.

Mr Miliband was joined by MP for Barking Margaret Hodge, London Assembly Member John Biggs, and Fred Barns, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham.

When Mr Miliband had finished taking questions from the students, Mrs Hodge reminded them of the importance of casting their vote during the election tomorrow. She said: "This is a wonderful multicultural school.

"The BNP create division within this borough so it is crucial that people turn out to vote to prevent them from gaining a hold on London.

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