An MP was put in the hot seat and quizzed on climate change and Brexit by inquisitive pupils.

He was visiting the girls’ school to teach youngsters about the vital role parliament plays in running the country.

Mike Gapes, Independent Party for Change MP for Ilford South, visited Park School for Girls in Ilford on Thursday, November 7, during UK parliament week 2019.

Students were learning what parliament is and how it debates and votes on important issues and holds government to account.

Pupils then held their own debate exploring important issues such as the need for homework and even whether they should be rewarded for walking to school.

They also voted on a new enrichment club and had an outstanding turnout of 98 per cent, with just one spoiled vote. Photography was the winning idea with a 41 per cent share of the vote.

Students quizzed Mike Gapes on various important issues. Questions included: What action is being taken on global warming? What are you doing to combat knife crime in our area? Will Brexit go ahead? What does Ilford mean to you?