Charlie witnesses politics in action at Sir Greg’s office

Charlie Whittington, from Pocklington, is pictured with Sir Greg Knight during his week of work experience.
Charlie Whittington, from Pocklington, is pictured with Sir Greg Knight during his week of work experience.
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East Yorkshire’s MP Sir Greg Knight recently welcomed Charlie Whitington from Pocklington for a week of work experience at his Westminster office.

Charlie, a 19-year-old politics student, took a week out of his university studies to draft parliamentary questions, help with constituency work, and undertake research.

While working at the office, Charlie was given a tour of the Palace of Westminster, had the opportunity to observe a House of Commons debate and sit in on some parliamentary committees.

This all took place during UK Parliament Week – an annual event that seeks to engage people from across the country with Parliament.

Charlie, who is studying at the University of Sheffield, said: “This week has been a fantastic opportunity, not only to allow me to learn about the inner workings of British politics, but also to be given the opportunity to perform tasks that are both interesting and have real importance.

“Most of my time at University is spent studying theory, so it was exciting to get into real-life practice and experience the day to day workings of an MP’s office. It’s helped me develop skills and knowledge that I will be able to use in the future, as well as being a very enjoyable week.”