Students from Bedworth’s Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College met their Conservative MEP, Anthea McIntyre, last week whilst on a visit to Stratford.
The pupils, aged 11 and 12, took the opportunity to present Miss McIntyre with a petition calling on the EU Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, to remove the trade preference for Uzbekistan.
“The petition cites the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, including state-sponsored child labour, and I found it both very moving and encouraging to see so many young people interested in a global issue and taking this civic action” said Miss McIntyre.
I will certainly pursue their concerns with the Trade Commissioner.”
The students also learnt more about Anthea’s work as an MEP and how the EU works.
“I am always especially delighted to have the opportunity to meet groups of school students – they are normally keen to explore how the Parliament works and how decisions are made, and their questions are often very penetrating.”
(Photo shows pupils from Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College presenting Anthea McIntyre with their petition.)