Pupils from Westhead Lathom St James Primary School held an impromptu meeting with Labour Leader, Ed Miliband during their recent visit to the Houses of Parliament.
On a tour of Parliament with West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, the pupils bumped into Ed Miliband in Portcullis House on his way through to the House of Commons. Spotting the Labour leader the pupils made a beeline for him and had the chance to say hello. He was delighted to meet them and the pupils told him they had really enjoyed their visit and seeing famous people.
Ed posed for a picture with the school group, which gave them plenty to talk about with friends and family on their return to West Lancashire.
MP Rosie Cooper said:
"As we came to top of the escalators into Portcullis House the children at the front had clearly spotted a politician they knew. Only as we all got to the top, did I realise it was Ed Miliband that they had seen heading in their direction.
"I know the children really appreciated him stopping to say hello and to have his picture taken with them. It is not every day that groups of school children visiting the House of Commons get to meet with one of the Party leaders, someone they will regularly see and recognise from TV. This chance meeting will certainly be something for the pupils to remember from their day in Parliament.
"I always encourage local schools to visit Parliament. It always strikes me how enthusiastic and knowledgeable the children are when they visit Parliament and how much they enjoy their time both on the visit but also what they learn in class ahead of their visit.
Mr. Peetoom from Westhead Lathom St James said:
"Our children had already enjoyed a short tour of the buildings, seeing inside the House of Lords and learning some key facts about the history of Parliament. However, when Rosie met us, our London trip came alive. We were thrilled to see ‘behind the scenes’ and gain an insight into the daily life of a Member of Parliament. We were delighted that Mr. Miliband took the time to meet the children. It was one of the highlights of a memorable day."