Students Get A Taste Of Local Politics

Fri, 12/05/2000 - 01:00

A group of local students got to experience first hand the inner workings of local government, when they recently visited Durham County Council’s County Hall, as part of their course.


The first year students from East Durham College, who are on a BNA Uniformed Public Services course, had a tour of County Hall and attended a meeting of the full council as part of their study unit on Government, Policies and the Public Services.


The group have been studying the makeup of local and central government, the election process and the role of the Prime Minister, cabinet and local politicians in the democratic process in this country and this visit gave them a chance to experience this for themselves.


Gill Draper, Lecturer in Uniformed Public Services, said: “The group have been engaging well in this area of the course and the visit to the Council was a great way to help educate them about local politics and how it works, it gave them a great chance to see democracy in action.”


Student Kate Dinsdale, 19 from Seaham, added: “I thought it would be really boring but I learnt a lot and it was good to hear about a lot of local issues.”