Politics A level student Chloe Beer carried out not one but two work experience placements at the Palace of Westminster at the end of last year / the start of this one. The first was with Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and the second with Stephen Crabb, Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire, and until July 2016 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Chloe, who has previously carried out work experience with her local MP, Shailesh Vara, reports on her latest experiences:
Boris Johnson MP December 2016
During my placement many tasks were delegated to me. For example, I had the responsibility of progressing casework, which is where constituents write to their MP with an issue/concern. I had to reply to the constituents, addressing their concern on behalf of Boris in a professional and efficient manner. In addition, I researched key concerns within his constituency. At the end of last year, for example, internet connection in Uxbridge/Ruislip went down for over a week when a cable was cut during roadworks. It was great to back to the hustle and bustle of Westminster and to meet Boris himself, genuine and down to earth.
Stephen Crabb Jan 2017
Stephen’s office was less hectic, and a greater emphasis was placed on my research skills. For example, I researched the Tata Steel crisis and examined the economic and social impacts it would have on the community, and then I presented my findings in a document to Stephen. Moreover, I researched and drew up notes on the Welsh white paper – where Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, set out her visions for Wales for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. I was lucky enough to be in the chamber during the Article 50 debate. It was great to witness such an historic debate and to see how passionate MP’s were on either side of the argument.