Mark Menzies MP speaks to politics students


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies went back to school to tell pupils about the importance of voting ahead of May’s General Election.

The Member of Parliament was invited to Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College to speak at a 6th form assembly which used this week’s Holocaust Memorial Day as a reminder of what can happen if an electorate allows an extremist party to take control of Government.

He later joined a discussion group with politics students about the role of an MP and the UK and American political systems.

Following the visit, Mr Menzies said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to talk to the sixth form students, who were very engaged on the subject of politics.

“The ones I spoke to had a remarkably mature world view, which I suspect comes from studying something like politics.

“If I had my way it would be a compulsory subject throughout high school as it gives young people the opportunity to look at world events from a different perspective by questioning the decisions which were made at the time.

“The assembly was all about the importance of using your vote to stop the rise of extremism, and used the Holocaust as an example as it is the international memorial day this week.

“It is an interesting link between the ‘blame politics’ of Germany during the financial crisis following the First World War and the speed with which that led to the rise of Nazism and eventually the Holocaust.

“Having visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with a number of pupils from the college a couple of years ago I know the emotional impact it had on many of them, as it did on me, so the assembly really struck a chord.”

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