Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell joined up with 45 constituents on Monday (6 June) who booked their tickets for her first ever tour of Westminster.
An intimate look at the Houses of Commons and Lords was on the agenda after the visitors came by coach to the capital for the day.
Caroline showed them around the Commons chamber and discussed where she sits, and how parliamentary procedure works as well as taking questions. She also pointed out a special plaque dedicated to former Eastbourne MP Ian Gow.
Everyone had a light lunch in Westminster Hall with Caroline before the visitors had a period of free time when some saw the sights of the local area.
“I really do hope that everyone had a great time and it was a real pleasure to take the group around the Commons chamber reliving making my oath, my maiden speech and some of moments of high drama in the chamber over the last year,” said Caroline.
“There were quite a few questions and I had to be on my toes about protocols, Parliamentary language and customs, plus quite a bit of interest about where I sit which is nearly always in a noisy back row!
“I will be making sure these tours continue as it’s really important that as many local people as possible get a chance to come to Westminster and see where our laws are made and get an insight into how I do my job.”
There will be regular tours from September onwards and they cost £20 with the price including a light lunch and a return coach trip to London. No profit is made by Caroline.
To make enquiries about booking a tour, residents should contact Caroline's Eastbourne office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01323 409000.