Leader of the House in Telford
The Leader of the House of Commons has visited Telford today, celebrating the UK’s parliamentary democracy with schoolchildren before visiting the factory which is helping preserve its home.
Mark Spencer met children at Woodlands Primary School in Telford before making his own ceramic tile in Ironbridge Gorge at Craven Dunnill Jackfield – one of the heritage businesses involved in the restoration of the Palace of Westminster.
Mark Spencer, Leader of the House of Commons, said:
“It was fantastic to visit Telford today and to see for myself the great work being done to quite literally pave the way for future democracy – both by restoring the Palace of Westminster and making sure children know their voices are heard.
“Businesses like Craven Dunnill Jackfield are keeping heritage crafts alive through their restoration of the Palace of Westminster’s encaustic tiles. Their work means that school children like those at Woodlands Primary can visit the home of our democracy for generations to come.
“I’ve no doubt the children at Woodlands Primary School are our future leaders – they certainly know how to ask the tough questions!”
During his visit to Woodlands Primary School the Leader of the House praised pupils for their work. He spoke to them about the importance of democracy and the democratic process, linking the election of school councillors to the wider UK democratic system and government.
The completion of the encaustic tiles project at the Palace of Westminster is among a number of projects currently underway to preserve Parliament’s home for future generations, including renovations of the Palace’s cast-iron roof and its historic Cloister Court.