Completing a hat-trick of Political Party Conferences, Higher Modern Studies and other senior pupils were invited to the Scottish Labour Party Conference which was held at Eden Court today. The group were met by Dave Stewart MSP and Rhoda Grant MSP who explained the purpose of the conference and the organisation of some of the debates and speeches.
Charleston pupils were then introduced to Johann Lamont, MSP and Scottish Labour party leader who talked to pupils about her life in politics and then took questions from pupils on a range of issues that included the referendum, voting age, politics in schools and other youth issues.
Our pupils were then invited into the main hall at Eden Court to hear Alistair Darling’s speech on the forthcoming referendum. After lunch, the pupils headed back into the main hall to hear the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband’s speech, the highlight of the whole conference weekend.
At the end of the day the pupils were invited to meet Anas Sarwar MP, deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, followed by a meeting and photo opportunity with Alistair Darling MP. The former Chancellor, remaining politically neutral, asked the pupils about their views of the day and questioned them on referendum issues. Our pupils were impressed that they were asked for their views rather than having to listen to the views of a politician.
The day culminated in seeing Ed Miliband leave Eden Court. Alas, due to his desire to escape from intervening journalists, he didn’t stop for a photograph and chat with Charleston pupils as promised.
It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils, arranged by Hannah Lister, one of the conference organisers, and gave the pupils a useful insight into the workings of the party during their Scottish Conference.