As Britain faces the political, constitutional and economic consequences of a decision to leave the European Union, Kingsbury High School Sixth Form students were offered a fascinating perspective on events during a talk and question-and-answer session with Dominic Grieve, Conservative MP for Beaconsfield. Mr Grieve was able to give an up-to-date commentary on the state of the parties following BREXIT and outline some of the problems that will have to be navigated in the months ahead. He fielded questions from students on a range of current issues, including the wisdom of holding the referendum, the ability of politicians to engage and educate the electorate, the importance of listening to younger voters and the implications of BREXIT for students. Mr Grieve stayed after the event to answer questions from individual students.
The MP was visiting the school as part of the Speakers for Schools initiative. A barrister since 1980 and now a QC, and an MP since 1997, Mr Grieve rose to prominence in the Conservative Party and held the most senior legal post in government, Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, from May 2010 to July 2014, under the Coalition Government. He currently chairs the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament and is a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, among many other commitments both within and outside Parliament. In the recent European Union referendum campaign he argued to “remain”.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Grieve said that “it was a great pleasure for me to come to Kingsbury High School to speak to the Sixth Form. The discussion was lively and timely in view of current events. It was very interesting for me to hear the views of the students.”
Students responded very favourably to Mr Grieve’s visit. Masuda found it “fascinating” to hear him talk about current events and was impressed that he “was not afraid to answer any questions put forward”. Minah found the visit “inspiring” and was pleased to have an opportunity to ask questions about some of the issues dominating the news headlines. Zaenab said: “It was a very insightful talk and a genuinely engaging conversation from a politician’s honest perspective.”