Pupils from Laisterdyke Leadership Academy travelled to Westminster to take part in a debate and workshop at the Houses of Parliament.

The discussions focused on the historical developments of the suffragette movement and how women came to gain a vote, before moving on to more current issues.

The experience was enhanced for our pupils as they had the opportunity to meet and question their local representative, Imran Hussain MP for Bradford East, who commented:

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome pupils visiting Parliament and it’s fantastic to see so many young people who are not only clearly interested in politics with the questions that they had for me, but who want to take an active role in the decision making process on issues that affect their lives and the lives of others.


“Visiting Parliament and seeing the variety of people working here from all kinds of backgrounds also shows pupils that they should not be discouraged by others telling them that their goals are too ambitious and too aspirational, instead anything is possible. I want to pay my thanks to the teachers at Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, and I look forward to meeting more pupils on their visits in the future.”

Mohammed Rafaqat, Year 11 Progress Leader, added:

“It was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to experience the democratic process within our country first hand. It also helped to raise aspirations and gave our pupils a great experience that they will cherish forever. I was privileged to organise the visit via the Parliament’s Education Service and our local MP Imran Hussain; I am grateful to all those involved for making this a reality for the pupils of Laisterdyke.”

Laisterdyke pupils meet up with Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East, at Westminster

Laisterdyke pupils debate current issues with Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East, at Westminster