Jo swaps the Commons for the classroom at Douglas Academy


Jo Swinson MP has engaged with local students in debate and discussion about life in politics on a recent visit to Douglas Academy.

A former pupil of Douglas Academy, Jo joined in with events to mark the school’s ‘Careers Day’.

Jo participated in a ‘speed-meeting’ careers conference session for the S2 pupils with people who have interesting jobs – named ‘You Can Do Anything’. She then joined the school’s debating club to discuss the motion ‘This house would set a maximum limit for salaries’.

Commenting, Jo said:

“It was great to be back at Douglas Academy, which is always a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. The S2 pupils really seemed to enjoy hearing from various local figures about different careers – a unique way of showing young people that there is no limit to the kind of job ambitions they can pursue after school.

“It was also great to share tips and techniques with the debating club, who are entering debating competitions in the new year. I was impressed by the pupils’ enthusiasm for putting their cases across on what is a very interesting topic: far more civilised that that of the Commons Chamber during PMQs!”


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