A CANDIDATE hoping to become Rugby’s next MP helped ‘bring learning to life’ when he talked to pupils at a local primary school.
John Slinger, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Rugby constituency, visited The Revel C of E Primary School in Monks Kirby, to talk to Year 5 and Year 6 children and to take questions.
He was invited by the school’s Junior Leadership Team to speak to them about democracy, politics and his role as a candidate.
He said: “It was an honour to visit this thriving primary school in the constituency I hope to represent. I said to the children that the most important visit any politician can make is to a school, because schoolchildren are the future of our country and of our democracy.
“They asked brilliant questions including what my policy priorities would be if I were fortunate enough to be elected as MP, how I would tackle some people not having enough to eat and how I would make sure there was more money available for education.
“The children gave me great confidence that our democracy is in safe hands. They showed that they care about the world in which they live.
“The key message I wanted to get across is that living in a democracy is a privilege, that when politics works properly it can bring about positive change, and that democracy is strengthened when people like them get involved.”
Headteacher Patrick Luke said: “My role as Head of School, and the role of all the team at The Revel is to prepare our children to be positive members of their communities, and John’s visit has supported this greatly.
“The children have thought deeply and have critically considered local, national and international issues thanks to this visit.
“Part of our curriculum is to teach British values, and John has helped here too, bringing learning to life.”