14:17 Thursday 27 February 2014

Parliament trip for youngsters from Uttoxeter

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

UTTOXETER’S MP has taken a group of teenagers for a tour of Parliament in a bid to help them engage with politics.

A group of 50 young people from Staffordshire Youth and Community Group went on the exclusive tour with Andrew Griffiths last week.

One of the attendees, 17-year-old Jessica Cockson, who attends Thomas Alleyne’s High School, presented Mr Griffiths with a painting she had created of the London skyline to mark the trip.

It features sillhouettes of famous and prominent buildings from the capital, including the London Eye and the Gherkin.

Mr Griffiths spoke highly of Jessica’s work.

He said: “I love showing young people around parliament, but it was a special treat to receive such a magnificent gift.

“Jessica is obviously a talented artist and her use of vibrant colours is fantastic.

“I am going to get the artwork framed, and give it pride of place in my office in Parliament.”

The group came by coach, leaving Burton at 6am.

Their tour of London also included a visit to Madamme Tussaud’s and a sightseeing boat trip down the Thames.

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