Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

Talking Europe with young constituents

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On a day when Ed Miliband rightly warned about the scandal of a generation disenfranchised, Clare met with some of her youngest constituents to answer their questions about Britain in Europe.

The eight students, aged between 14 and 16 years old, attend St James School in Exeter and are taking part in an EU organised pan-European cultural and education project the Comenius Programme. Similar to the Erasmus and Jean Monnet programmes, the aim of the Comenius Programme is to help students and their teachers better understand the range of cultures, languages and values across Europe.

As part of the programme, the students at St James will visit and receive other European students from partner schools in Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Spain, where they will learn about their daily lives, school routines and their respective education systems. 

Ahead of their visit to Cordoba, Spain, next month, where they will present to their hosts a study on the work of the European Parliament and of their MEPs, the students invited Clare to St James to pick her brains about her work as an MEP. As part of their preparation, the school had already held a mock in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, with students across the year-groups voting against an EU-exit.

Answering a wide range of questions, from those on Britain's influence and role in Europe, to the facts behind the myths on immigration, and the absurdity of an entire Parliament moving almost 300 miles for one week in every month, Clare helped provide  some interesting insight. 

Speaking after the meeting, Clare said "This project is a great example of European funding and organisation benefitting people in our region. The meeting today also demonstrated that young people are thoughtful and interested when they're given a chance to engage in politics. I was grateful to have this opportunity to meet with the students at St James and find out about their insights and experiences from taking part in this programme."

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