PUPILS from an Andover secondary school made a trip to London last week.

Harrow Way School students were joined by MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, as they visited the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday, 19 December.

Pupils were taught about the role of Parliament and were given a tour of the estate.

They were joined by Mr Malthouse in the Education Centre.

The students learned how Parliament passes legislation, about the role of MPs in representing their constituents and about the history of the UK’s democracy’s evolution in Westminster.

The students’ tour included Westminster Hall, which was built in 1097 following the Norman Conquest, the 13th century St Stephen’s Hall, which housed the original House of Commons, as well as the House of Commons chamber and the House of Lords.

Mr Malthouse said: “Parliament is for everyone and it’s so important that young people get the chance to understand how our democracy works.

“The Palace of Westminster is a fantastic setting, teeming with hundreds of years of history, and I’m sure the students had a brilliant time and learned a lot.”