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Cumbrian Scouts from Ayers Explorer Scout Unit in Carlisle, joined their MP John Stevenson, along with over 150 Scouts and their leaders from across the UK to mingle with MPs at the Speaker’s reception.
The event, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Scout Group, is a prestigious opportunity for young people in Scouting to meet with their own and other MPs in the House of Commons to discuss issues affecting them and the Scout movement.
Many Scouts were given a tour of Parliament, before meeting their MP in the magnificent surrounding of the Speaker’s apartments where they were treated to a grand reception.
James Ferguson from Wetheral, who got the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament said: “It was a great experience to come to Westminster, in London, to visit the Houses of Parliament. Scouting is all about adventure and trying new experiences. The day certainly reflected that. I was also able to tell my MP how he could help us to get more adults to volunteer!”
John Stevenson MP said: "I was delighted to accompany members of Ayers Explorer Scout Unit from Carlisle to the Speakers House for this special event.
“The Speaker himself highlighted the tremendous benefits to young people of being involved with Scouts and I would endorse his support of the Scouting movement. Scouts offer young people a huge opportunity to try out new adventures, from climbing mountains to trying snowboarding, to working with their local community. It is good to see so many young people taking up these opportunities."
This annual event follows on from a successful campaign against rain tax and well-attended Scouts Speak Up events at the three major party conferences. The Scout Association continues to make its presence felt on the political arena with their appearance at the Palace of Westminster.