Pupils get taste of life as an MP

MP Alex Cunningham with Darlington School of Mathematics and Science pupils George Plumb and Liam Pape

MP Alex Cunningham with Darlington School of Mathematics and Science pupils George Plumb and Liam Pape

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NORTH-EAST students got a taste of life as an MP recently.

Alex Cunningham, the Labour MP for Stockton North, invited two GCSE pupils from Darlington to work in his office for a week.

Darlington School of Mathematics and Science (DSMS) pupils George Plumb, 15, and Liam Pape, 16, joined Mr Cunningham as part of a national scheme aiming to improve the academic success and career confidence of state school students.

The scheme, from the Future First charity, has established a network of alumni to allow former students to inspire current pupils.

After leaving DSMS, Alex Cunningham became a journalist before joining Parliament in 2010.

He said: “It’s great to be able to support students of my old school in the way that private schools have done for generations.”

Future First’s managing director, Alex Shapland-Howes, said: “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do.

“If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too.”

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