Lord Norton Brings Work of Parliament To Life On Visit To Academy

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Lord Norton (centre) with Year 9 and 10 students at Somercotes Academy.

Lord Norton of Louth brought to life the work of the House of Lords when he visited students at Somercotes Academy as part of the Peers in Schools Programme.

Lord Philip Norton has been described as the UK's greatest living expert on Parliament. He is the Professor of Government, and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. Lord Norton was appointed to his chair in 1986, making him, at the time, the youngest professor of politics in the UK.

He visited Somercotes Academy to talk to students in Years 9 and 10 about the role of the Upper House in Parliament. Afterwards he said: "The Peers in Schools programme has been going for more than a decade and we have spoken to over 70,000 students. I tend to visit schools other peers cannot reach, mainly in Lincolnshire.

"It is nice to get out and about and get invited to schools whether they are Grammar Schools or Academies. Good education is good education. I have been a Peer for almost 20 years. I explained to the students what we do and why we do it; why Parliament matters and how it affects them."

Year 9 student Manisha Bains (14) said: "I found it very interesting. Lord Norton mentioned several recent laws that they had to discuss and vote on, and then asked us how we would have voted.

"It gave me an insight into what they do and it was nice to meet someone who is involved in the process. It is not quite as simple as it sounds. I'm interested in lots of things including Politics. It was interesting to see how specialists can be included in the House of Lords too, and it was the first time I have met a Lord."

Caroline Yates, Principal of Somercotes Academy, said: "We were very pleased to welcome Lord Norton into the Academy. It gave the students some first hand knowledge of the work of the House of Lords and some background about the ways in which Parliament affects them. It also  encouraged those who may be interested in Politics to perhaps pursue it further."

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Lord Norton talks to students about his work in the House of Lords.

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