Huddersfield New College has revealed that A Level Politics students enjoyed a very special opportunity recently as they were able to join a live MS Teams session with Angela Rayner MP.

Angela Rayner is the Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, and also undertakes high profile roles within the Labour party as the National campaign co-ordinator, and Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition. In addition, she is Party Chair, Labour Party, and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

In 2015 she was the first woman MP in the 180-year history of her Ashton-under-Lyne constituency and has quickly taken on senior posts, where she was promoted to the shadow whip’s office by the then Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and then went on to hold the position of Shadow Pensions Minister, before becoming a member of the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

In March 2020, Angela was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She was also named as Labour Party Chair.

Angela Rayner spoke to our A Level Politics students about being a MP, and holding high profile senior roles within Parliament.

Emily Saxon, Teacher of Politics comments: “This was a real privilege for our A Level Politics students who were given a very unique opportunity to hear from the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Angela Rayner MP is of course a very senior member of the party, and our students were fascinated by her story where she shared more about her journey into politics, and how she has achieved so much within a relatively short amount of time. Regardless of the political beliefs of our A Level Politics students, this was an amazing opportunity to hear about the real life of a very senior politician, and ask questions. We would like to thank Angela for taking time out of her busy schedule to inspire our young people.”

Student Nicholas Budgen says: "This was a captivating, thought-provoking question-and-answer session. In response to my question concerning how Britons are still more trusting of the Tories than Labour on the economy, she voiced her support for using a set of measurements more human-oriented than GDP to measure economic welfare. This session was superb. Rayner impressed us all with her innovative idealism and her refreshingly down-to-earth attitude to politics. In such dark times, these attributes have never been more welcome."


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