A FORMER member of the Youth Parliament has carried out work experience in the Houses of Parliament.
Joe Porter, who was the MYP for 2012-13, spent a week with Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley, at the capital's base of the country's decision makers.
During his visit he shadowed Mrs Bradley in a number of MP duties, including: going to a House of Commons debate about Bilderberg Conference, meeting Winston Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames MP, attending a House of Commons debate about disabled children's education services, and went to another House of Commons debate about protecting children online.
After he had finished his work experience, Joe was very pleased with what he had achieved and said: "Overall, the week was epic! "At the start of the week I was 99 percent sure I wanted to run for Parliament in the future to be an MP, now though the figure has jumped to 100 percent purely because all the fantastic experiences throughout the week encapsulated and inspired me even more to a life function of serving my community so that I can take actions and get results in respective of their best interest.
"Since I was 12 I have always had the politicians' bug that makes you want to get involved in politics and be a parliamentarian and the week really enhanced the strength of that bug."
Joe has also been shadowing local councillors for further work experience, including shadowing councillor John Povey at a recent meeting of Leek Town Council.
For a full run-down of Joe's week of work experience with MP Karen Bradley see the Leek Post & Times website.