In Europe But Not Ruled By Europe
What are the benefits of being part of the European Parliament? This was the key question raised by Cheadle Hulme School students during a visit by former pupil and Liberal Democrat North West MEP, Chris Davies to Think Tank, the School’s Political Society.
Students filled the classroom to hear Mr Davies speak about his 15 years’ experience in Brussels and his early career as a backbencher in the House of Commons, quizzing him on the big issues of the day, including the Israel-Palestine conflict, the fisheries policy and the differing stance taken on Europe by political parties.
Mr Davies, an Old Waconian who left the School in 1972 to study at the University of Cambridge, said: “If the UK wasn’t at the table, helping to make the decisions, we’d by affected by the laws and rules which come out of Brussels anyway.
“Despite speaking a lot in the Commons, as a backbencher, it was hard to achieve anything, whereas in the European Parliament everyone works to help each other – there’s no hostility!”
Recent Think Tank visit have also included UKIP’s John Whittaker and political broadcaster and Old Waconian, Nick Robinson.