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Journalism students interview local MP

Posted on 09 March 2018

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​​​Journalism students at Leeds Trinity University put their questions to Conservative MP Stuart Andrew on a variety of issues from Brexit to Boris Johnson during an afternoon question and answer session with the MP.

Mr Andrew, who is MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, visited Leeds Trinity to share his experience of life as a member of parliament, and to take questions from students.

Students grilled the MP on a variety of issues including terrorism, the voting age and system, social media monitoring and privacy, the justice system, social care, Brexit, the monarchy, Scottish independence, the last general election, and whether or not Theresa May is the right person for the job of Prime Minister.

Third-year student Sebastian Sternik said: "It was really good to hear from Stuart Andrew. It gave us an opportunity to raise some very important issues such as the injustice in family courts, abuse on social media and life after Brexit, whilst also developing our interview kills. He was a down to earth speaker and unlike some MPs didn't dodge questions."

Stuart Andrew said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Leeds Trinity University Centre for Journalism and meeting such bright and focused undergraduates. It is great to see vocational courses such as this go from strength to strength at Leeds Trinity and I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in journalism to apply."

Leeds Trinity University Centre for Journalism has an established reputation for outstanding vocational training. As well as being trained by experienced journalists, students also have the opportunity to put their skills into practice through professional placements and question and answer sessions with various speakers.