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Politics Students Meet US Congressmen

Former Congressmen with Politics students

Year 13 Politics students met with two Former Members of Congress, Democratic Nick Rahall and Republican Luke Messer, and had the chance to pose some searching questions about US politics.

The students were participating in the Congress to Campus UK programme which brings former Members of the US Congress to the UK to talk with students and general audiences about contemporary US politics. The theme of the evening was ‘US Politics and Trans-Atlantic Relations in the Current Political Climate’.

Students’ questions included “Why do you think that the 2nd amendment is so hard to repeal given all of the mass shootings happening in America?”, “Is Congress a broken branch?” and “How has polarisation in recent years contributed to gridlock?”.

The event was held at Sulgrave Manor, George Washington’s ancestral home, and was moderated by Paul Floyd from Stowe School. After answering students’ questions the former Congressmen took part in a moderated discussion with students on current Anglo-American relations in light of recent political events on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mrs Laurie Markatos, History and Politics Teacher at St Paul’s, said:  “It was a fantastic evening and a great opportunity for our students to ask questions in a group setting and speak to the Congressmen individually.”

Working with the US Association of Former Members of Congress, the Congress to Campus UK programme is coordinated by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, with support from the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy in London.

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