Following a turbulent week in Westminster, culminating in resignations from cabinet and questions over the future of the Theresa May’s leadership, local Girlguiding leaders weren’t sure if their local MP (Esther McVey) would make it to their the pre-arranged presentation and Q&A session.
The Tatton MP and now former secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions, was due to talk to Wilmslow Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers on Friday (16th November) at an event hosted by Alderley Edge School for Girls.
Perhaps the event provided some light relief to McVey, who’s been splashed across newspaper front pages and tv news bulletins following her resignation from cabinet on Thursday (15th November).
Either way, she didn’t disappoint the Girlguides, who proved to be as challenging crowd as national reporters as no topic was seen as ‘out of bounds’ during the event!
The evening started with each section representing themselves: Rainbows sang their ‘Welcome’ Song; Brownies dressed up in uniforms ‘Through the Ages’; Guides spoke about their various community actions and participation in the Vote 100 Challenge; Rangers highlighted their work producing comfort bags, an initiative which started in the wake of the Manchester bombing last year.
It then came to Esther’s turn – she spoke of life in Parliament, and how and why laws are passed.
The highlight of the evening, however, was the Q&A session!
Ms McVey answered various questions from the girls such as: “What do you do at work?”; “Have you ever felt disadvantaged being a woman?”; “What do you want from Brexit”; and “Do you ever disagree with the Prime Minister?” (to which she answered: “sometimes!”)
A local Girlguiding spokesperson said: “Esther proved to be an engaging and informative speaker, and at least three girls in the audience ended the evening saying that they were now interested in going into a career in politics!”
They added: “A huge thank you to Esther for answering all the girls’ questions with insight and humour, and also to Alderley Edge School for Girls for providing a great venue and facilities.”
A display from the evening will be in Wilmslow Library (upstairs) until New Year.
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