MP Yvette Cooper was faced with a barrage of questions when she visited Pontefract NEW College last week.
The Pontefract and Castleford MP took part in a question-and-answer session with students – and found herself faced with a questions on matters ranging from Scottish independence and drugs laws to the so-called “pasty tax” on hot takeaway food.
More than 30 students took part in the hour-long discussion, in which they also quizzed Ms Cooper on the workings of parliament and her work as an MP.
Ms Cooper talked about the importance of politicians reaching out to communities and representing the interests of the people they serve, and urged the students to get involved and make a difference in their communities.
She also talked about her worries for young people’s future, especially with so many out of work and unable to find a job.
Ms Cooper said: “It was a great discussion, and it was fantastic to see so many young people with strong views on national and international issues.
“The students asked questions on everything from Lords reform to the economy.
“Last year several students travelled to London to protest against the increase in university tuition fees and it’s clear that young people are still very worried about their futures.
“We know round here there are over 1,000 young people out of work, and the danger is we’ll be left with a generation of people who never get that first job, and who find it difficult to get on, just like they did in the 1980s.”