Pupils visit corridoors of power

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Six schoolgirls from Mid-Derbyshire toured the House of Commons and supped tea in the Speakers apartments after being invited to shadow their local MP.

The youngsters were the given the opportunity by MP Pauline Latham as part of International Women’s Day which celebrates women’s economic, cultural and social achievements across the world and throughout history.

Mrs Lathamsaid: “I believe it is vital that we encourage young women to get involved in politics, so that this country can have strong women at its helm in the future.” PIctured: Amelia Maresca (Allestree Woodlands School), Parisa Zamani-Farahani, Niamh Hughes (both West Park School), Allysha Laven, Amy Robinson (both Belper School) and Sophie Elliott (Ecclesbourne School) with Mrs Latham.