Keith received a group of politics students yesterday, as part of their visit to the European Parliament. The students were from Esher Sixth Form College, in Surrey, which is part of Keith’s constituency. Keith was pleased to welcome the students, and to talk to them about his work.
Speaking of the visit, Keith said: “It was great to talk to the students from Esher college, during their trip to the European Parliament. I was able to explain what an MEP does and talk about my work, both in parliament and in the South East region.
I explained how the Greens are influencing issues in Europe, about the importance of fighting climate change to avoid its worst impacts on future generations and the planet. In tackling the causes of climate change I focussed on three sectors, transport, energy and domestic. Green measures to tackle these challenges included more sustainable transport including 20mph zones, better energy efficiency, more renewable energy generation, less fossil fuel burning and no fracking!
Finally I also explained some of my work on human rights, such as my work on LGBT rights, and on global issues such as the problem of food insecurity and hunger.
I was happy to receive questions from the group, particularly on the Green vision for a different approach to the economy, and how that would work. I hope that their visit to the European Parliament will have given them a greater understanding of the kind of work we do here, and that they will be encouraged to continue engaging in politics beyond their studies.”