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On Friday 6th March, Mr Dan Carden, MP for Liverpool Walton, visited Alsop High School as part of their RESPECT 2020 initiative. Mr Carden also met students informally, for a cup of tea to establish the issues and concerns of young people.
The visit arranged as part of the Alsop RESPECT 2020 initiative, provided a fantastic opportunity for Alsop students to learn about the work of a constituency MP. Mr Carden spoke passionately about serving the people of Walton, and his role as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
Mr Carden addressed a packed hall and was keen to take questions from the floor. Students were eager to ask him about his career and life in Westminster. One student asked Mr Carden if he could sum up both himself and his political beliefs. Without hesitation, Mr Carden responded “Solidarity.” Mr Carden also spoke about communities working together for social justice.
Mr Carden referred to the values and ethos of Alsop. Using the words of “The Alsop Way”, he spoke about how knowledge, respect and opportunity are the key components of a successful pathway to personal and academic achievement.
After the gathering in the hall, Mr Carden met informally, with a small group of Year 11 students. Over a cup of tea, the students told Mr Carden of the issues facing young people and their desire to build a better world.
Mr Carden thoroughly enjoyed his visit. He writes: “An absolute pleasure to visit Alsop High School and to speak to their brilliant students and staff.”
Mr Peter Bull, organised the visit as part of the Alsop RESPECT 2020 initiative. Mr Bull comments: “We were delighted to host Dan Carden. Students were keen to ask about social justice and the proceedings at Westminster. Dan engaged with the young people and challenged them to think about their future, and how they can work together to develop tolerant, caring and diverse communities.”