Pupils get insight into life of an MP

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Students at Saint John Houghton heard first-hand about the demands of the Attorney General’s job when Jeremy Wright MP paid them a visit.

Mr Wright was given a tour of the academy and heard speeches before holding a question and answer session and speaking with staff and students about his role.

He said: “It’s a very strange job and I don’t think I really understood it until I got the job. I’m the Government’s chief legal advisor; the Prime Minister’s lawyer. I have ministerial responsibilities for the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office and I have a whole collection of public interest responsibilities.

“I have to sign off on charitable settlements and look into cases where someone has died without a will. In the criminal courts, if someone receives a sentence and the Crown Prosecution Service thinks it’s too short I can refer the case back to the Criminal Court of Appeal.”

Joan McCarthy, head teacher, said the students thoroughly enjoyed the visit.