Cirencester College Politics students recently had the opportunity to liaise with a member of the House of Lords via video call.
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts joined a virtual meeting with first and second year Politics students as part of the Learn with the Lords programme. The group had the chance to to discuss current issues within Parliament with Lord Hodgson, and also took part in a Q&A session.
In year 1, Politics students will learn about the structure and role of both Houses of Parliament, and the significance of the House of Lords in scrutinising legislation and the work of the government. They also explore the relationship between the government and the House of Lords, and the extent of its power, as well as arguments surrounding reform of the House of Lords. These students usually visit the Houses of Parliament at around this point in the College year, however with current restrictions a virtual experience was the next best option and a great opportunity to take advantage of.
Course Team leader for Politics, Nicola Eagleton said: “The students really enjoyed this unique experience to connect with Lord Hodgson, a former MP and now member of the House of Lords. They listened to him explaining the structure and function of the House of Lords and then were given the opportunity to ask questions, which ranged from the role of the Lords in scrutinising the government, to the current situation in Syria. No topic was off-limits and Lord Hodgson gave very detailed answers, giving the students a real insight into the important role that the House of Lords plays in our legislative process.”
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