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Posted on: 26/01/2018

Sir Graham Brady Visit – 26th January 2018

The MP for Altrincham and Sale West, Sir Graham Brady, saw in Loreto Grammar School sixth form students the same passion for politics he had as a teenager.

He said: “For so many years it has been so depressing to listen to young people say “'Well I would be interested if only I thought it would make a difference', but now our young people are much more fully engaged.”

“As MPs, if we are truly to represent our constituents, we need to engage with the public, listen to their views and be told their opinions. It's vital to have a debate and I see in the young women here today the same energy and spirit I had when I was at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.”

Loreto Grammar School sixth formers were delighted to meet Sir Graham, no matter their own political views. Chloe Jambor, who is a Labour supporter, said: “The internet has made such a difference to young people's political views. Labour did better than expected at the last election because it talked to young people on social media.”

Phoebe Davies, 18, who said she admired elements of both parties and wants to read Politics at Warwick, added: “The closeness of both the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump has demonstrated to young people, especially those who now vote and allowed those two things to happen, that their voice and their votes to count.”

Head Girl Emilia Russell, 18, said: “The internet allows young people to focus on the particular issues that concern them such as social injustice and feminism and to feel they can influence the decision makers with campaigns developed across social media.”

Sir Graham, who stood down as the shadow minister for Europe in 2007 over David Cameron's objection to grammar schools, added: “It's wonderful to see the quality of state education across Trafford and, particularly in Sale and Altrincham, where the grammar school system produces some of the very best academic results in the country. This area is known across the country for the quality of its state education and attracts so many families because of the fantastic results not just in public examinations but in music, art, drama, sport and community life.”

He went on modestly to tell the young women he had only been knighted, “because although as Chairman of the 1922 Committee, I might hold a challenging and responsible position, unlike a cabinet job, it doesn’t come with a salary, so this wonderful honour, I think they feel, recognises that additional, responsibility.”

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