Being given an opportunity such as this has motivated me to pursue a career in the field of politics or international relations. Prior to the placement I was somewhat undecided as to what I wanted to do in the future. However, having been able to work with people as well-informed as Sir Oliver Heald MP and all of his wonderful staff I have developed a much clearer insight into a world that I already found interesting.
My highlight of the week was definitely Prime Minister’s Questions on the Wednesday. It is such a renowned event, and this was clear to see from the large queue that had formed prior to session. I found the experience both insightful and educational – being in such close proximity to David Cameron himself, as well as other well-recognised MPs such as Alex Salmond, Ed Miliband, and Boris Johnson was a truly memorable experience. Most people only get to see them on the television. Furthermore, we saw a number of famous faces around Parliamentary Estate, particularly in Portcullis House where we saw Brian May (lead guitarist for Queen).
Overall the experience was truly eye-opening and has definitely been influential in my decision as to what I will do in the future. I would like to say thank you to Sir Oliver Heald MP, and also to Christine, Robert and Mara who have been a great help throughout the week – Callum Goodall
Working within Parliament has always been an ambition of mine, naturally when the opportunity to do work experience for Sir Oliver arrived I jumped at the chance. This week has certainty not disappointed me and has instead provided me with a personal insight as to how our government is so successful. I’ve been able work alongside researchers, watch debates and see famous faces such as Deborah Meaden.
The part of the week which I particularly enjoyed was watching Prime Minister’s Questions. The Prime Minsters questions was both interesting and humorous, the humour mostly being provided by John Bercow, The Speaker. Being able to have lunch next to Ed Miliband, sharing a corridor with Alex Salmond and being only a glass panel away from David Cameron was truly unforgettable.
My experience here has been wonderful, I can’t thank Sir Oliver and his staff enough for showing me around and teaching me more about politics. I would like to say a special thank you to Sir Oliver Heald, his wife Christine, Robert and Mara. I would recommend that everyone who is given this opportunity to take it, it’s one of the most rewarding week of my life – Eleanor Sangan