Julian Huppert, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, visited Long Road to talk to Politics students. He started with a short talk about life as an MP – both in the constituency and at Westminster. He explained that 13,000 people have contacted his surgery in Cambridge with questions or needing assistance since he was elected two years ago. At Westminster he sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee, and is also involved in transport policy, science policy and computing and IT.
Julian then took questions from the floor on the decriminalisation of drugs, whether there should be a referendum on the House of Lords’ reform, the Housing Benefit cap, the Budget, whether there should be a written constitution, the reduction in the 50p tax rate, bank bonuses and the future of the Liberal Democrats.
“I was really pleased with the variety and sophistication of the questions posed,” comments Politics teacher Philippe Harari, who arranged the visit. “The students made the most of the opportunity to put our the local MP on the spot and to find out more about government policy.”