Students grill Erewash MP over Government’s human rights record

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A group of young people has won the support of Erewash’s MP after a meeting to discuss concerns over the Governments human rights record.

Conservative MP Maggie Throup said she would take questions from the Trent College Amnesty International group back to the Houses of Parliament following her visit to the school on Friday, May 13.

The group was established by staff and sixth form last year to draw attention to three key areas of defending human rights —education, fundraising and protest—as well as supporting the work of other local Amnesty groups.

Students wrote to Mrs Throup voicing their concerns about Government policies on the possible replacement of the Human Rights Act, the involvement of British Armed Forces in Syria and the protection of Syrian refugees, as well as international trade with countries with poor human rights records.

They were delighted when the MP agreed to meet them and discuss the issues in person during her regular constituency time.

The college’s head of year 13 Geoff Butler, who helped set up the group to help students develop empathy, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Maggie Throup and our group relished the opportunity to put questions directly to her.

“Intense discussions took place and Mrs Throup was so enthralled by the quality of questioning that she has decided to take some of the issues raised away for further investigation.”

Mrs Throup’s visit came after the students raised over £500 through a servant auction to highlight global human rights abuses.

Staff and students agreed to have their rights taken away for a day and to be bought and put to work by the highest bidder.

Proceeds were divided equally between Sport Relief and the Nottingham and Beeston Amnesty group.