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Euro MP sponsors Cannock and Rugeley students visit to European Parliament

March 17, 2011 1:40 PM

Staffordshire's Lib Dem Euro MP Liz Lynne sponsored a visit by students from Cardinal Griffin School, Cannock, and four other local schools to the European Parliament in Brussels this week.

The group of Sixth Form students received a tour of the Parliament and a briefing from officials. They also met Liz Lynne and heard a personal account of her role and recent work, both as a regional MEP and as Vice President of the Parliament's powerful Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

Commenting afterwards, Liz Lynne said: "I am glad the students and teaching staff enjoyed their trip to Brussels, it was a great success.

"The students showed a lively interest in the European Parliament and my work as a Staffordshire MEP and asked thoughtful questions about the Parliament's role in agreeing new legislation.

"I hope it was a trip they will remember and learn from."

The trip was led by Brian Leechmere, the Deputy Headteacher of Cardinal Griffin School in Cannock.

He said: "The collegiate students gained a much greater insight into the work of the European Union and the benefits of membership of the EU.

"The visit to the European Parliament helped our students to understand at first hand that the UK works with the other member states to improve conditions across Europe.

"We were very impressed with the hard work of Ms Lynne, MEP, and thank her for taking time to meet our students and to talk with them."

ENDS

Photo: Brian Leechmere and the group of sixth form students from Cardinal Griffin School and four other schools and colleges in Cannock and Rugeley with Liz Lynne MEP at the European Parliament. The visit, led by Brian Leechmere, Deputy Head of Cardinal Griffin School, Cannock also included sixth form students from: Kingsmead Technology College, Hednesford; Aelfgar Rugeley College; Cheslyn Hay High School; Great Wyrley High School.