Keith Taylor, Green MEP for Surrey and the South East, last week welcomed Politics students from Esher College to the parliament in Brussels. The A2 Politics students met with Keith and also watched the parliament in session.
Keith said: “‘I really enjoyed meeting the students from Esher College on their visit to the parliament in Brussels. They were really interested to find out what it’s like to be an MEP and I was able to explain the work that I’m doing on air pollution, road safety and animal welfare.
He continued: “They were keen to quiz me about my views on the parliament moving between Brussels and Strasbourg and I was able to reassure them that the Greens are campaigning to scrap this expensive and environmentally damaging system. Their intelligent and probing questions re-assured me that the voters of tomorrow certainly know how to hold their elected representatives to account!”
The students, who were interested to find out about the work of an MEP, found that the trip helped to bring the subject to life. Adrian Witowski said: “We read a lot about the European Parliament but coming here, meeting an MEP and attending a live debate brings it all to life. I was also interesting to hear Mr Taylor’s views on the needless monthly travel to Strasbourg”.
Isabella Allen added: “It was interesting to hear about what he does on a daily basis and how he works in his own constituency and in Brussels.”
Talking about the work Keith does for his constituents in Surrey and the South East Lucy McDermott said: “He seemed really down to earth and passionate about his work” and Oliver Stansfield added: “It was very interesting to hear how the work he does has direct relevance to the people”.
The group’s trip also included a visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and observing a hearing at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The students heard powerful court testimony from a victim describing how he was raped by Bemba’s militias at the hearing of Jean-Pierre Bemba, a Congolese politician accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Photo: Keith Taylor, Green MEP for Surrey and the South East, with students from Esher College in the European Parliament, Brussels.