Sheffield students enjoy MP’s Big Conversation

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Students from Sheffield UTC quizzed city MP Paul Blomfield – and discovered he is a big fan of Doctor Who.

More than 100 teenagers from the technical college took part in the session which was part of the Sheffield Central MP’s Big Conversation initiative.

They asked him how he got into politics, about his early involvement in the anti-apartheid movement, the future of engineering and his views on economic growth.

There was also a discussion about the future of the city and what it would offer young people.

Brigidin Crowther, assistant principal, said: “Our audience included citizenship students learning about politics in action and sixth-formers thinking about futures in the engineering industry.”

Mr Blomfield said: “To do my job and represent people in parliament I need to find out what people think.

“That’s why I visited the UTC and I was so impressed by the students’ passion, ideas and views.

“We’re often told young people aren’t interested in politics, but this session showed nothing could be further from the truth.”

The MP has been talking to people at a series of 50 activities, events and meetings across his constituency, which will run until Monday.