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Diane meets wannabe MPs at Mossbourne Academy

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02 Feb 2010

Diane was made to feel at home by wannabe MPs at Mossbourne Academy on Monday February 1 as Year 10 students held a House of Commons style debate.

Students took up positions as Speaker of the House and frontbench and backbench MPs and held opening and closing speeches on whether violent video games should be banned. Arguments put forward for banning violent games suggested they had proven links to violence carried out by young people, while those against said the games reflected violence in society rather than causing it.

Diane answered questions about her role in Parliament and her experience of coming to Westminster as the first Black female MP.

The school, which was Hackney’s first academy when it was opened in 2004, has recently added a brand new sixth form centre to accommodate the school’s first intake of 150 sixth form students.

Diane told students they were actually better behaved than most MP’s and congratulated them on a lively debate.

She said “I was pleased to see so many different views expressed with enthusiasm. I think holding debates like these are very important as it gives students confidence to address a room full of people and allows them to see politics in action. I hope to see a student from Mossbourne follow in my footsteps in 20 years time.”

Picture shows Diane with Speaker of the debate and frontbench MP’s. From left to right Charles Clark, 15 (frontbench MP), Emmanuel Opoku, 14 (frontbench MP) Matilda O’Reagan, 14 (frontbench MP) Diane Abbott, Isaac Simpson, 14 (frontbench MP) and Aharon Tomlin, 15 (Speaker)

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