Getting the inside story on Obama

QE A Level Politics students have been getting behind the headlines surrounding the election of Barack Obama as the next US President.

Boys in Year 13 study American politics and this term have followed the historic events not only by reading the Washington Post and New York Times, but also by attending a conference on US politics at the British Library. During this event they had the opportunity to question two members of the US Congress, as well as hearing from a number of British academics.

Domestic politics were the order of the day when Year 12 boys visited the Houses of Parliament. As well as hearing about the work of Parliament, they met with Shadow Cabinet member Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet. Boys had the chance to stand at the Dispatch Box, where the Prime Minister faces David Cameron each week in Prime Minister’s Questions.

Later in the term, the Year 12 boys returned to Westminster for the Sixth Form Politics Conference at Westminster Central Hall. Speakers included Cabinet Members Jack Straw and Harriet Harman, leading opposition figures such as William Hague and Charles Kennedy, the colourful George Galloway and the First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan.