Green Party leader visits St John Houghton School

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett chatting over lunch with students at St Joseph Houghton School in Ilkeston
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett chatting over lunch with students at St Joseph Houghton School in Ilkeston

The leader of the Green Party visited an Ilkeston secondary school to talk to students about a range of important issues.

This was Natalie Bennett’s first visit to St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, where she met staff and students over lunch, and took part in a question and answer session on issues such as electoral reform, energy security, Syria, the Paris attacks and the refugee crisis.

She visited three places in Ilkeston and Nottingham throughout the day for a series of meetings with the public.

A spokesman said: “Natalie came to St John Houghton School to visit and talk to students about youth democracy, social justice and environmental issues.”

Natalie Bennett has led the Green Party since September 2012, replacing Caroline Lucas.

Her election as leader of the Greens came six years after she joined the party in January 2006.

She became interested in environmental issues when she obtained a degree in agricultural sciences.