Parliament Beckons for Winning Writer
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Budding journalist, Laura Scott, has been declared a winner in the Parliamentary Press Gallery's writing competition.
The Year 10 student's prize is a tour of Parliament where she will meet leading politicians and talk to members of the press gallery. There is even a chance that she will meet the Prime Minister.
Students from across the country had to explain, if they had half an hour to meet the Prime Minister, one thing they would ask him to do, to make Britain a better place.
One issue had already captured Laura's heart. She felt passionately about the refusal of the NHS to treat patients after they had undergone private treatment, as this situation had affected someone close to her family.
Laura first heard about the writing competition in a Leadership and Management lesson.
This unique course has been developed at Emmanuel to give gifted students opportunities to explore their potential outside the usual curriculum.
Laura seized the opportunity to enter the competition, and her victory came as a regional winner in the Years 10-11 age group.
She declared herself to be "really excited" about the "great honour of going to Parliament and meeting everyone inside".
Laura now awaits her visit to the Speaker's house, where the overall national winner will be announced by none less than the Speaker of the House of Commons himself, the Rt Hon. Michael Martin MP.
Laura's winning entry is available to read below.
My Pressing Engagement - ChronicleLive