West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, recently took three local schoolchildren to a tea party with Prime Minister’s wife, Cherie Blair, at Number 10 Downing Street.
Three local schools were randomly chosen by the MP to select a pupil between the ages of 9 and 15 to attend the event at the home of the Prime Minister. The lucky children chosen to attend the tea party were Gemma Roberts aged 14 from Lathom High School; Ewan Simpson aged 13 from Ormskirk School; and Matthew Hackett aged 10 from Aughton St Michael’s Primary School.
The children travelled down to London with their parents for the day. In the afternoon the group was given a tour of the Houses of Parliament after which they were escorted to Downing Street by Rosie for the tea party at 4.30pm in the afternoon.
Cherie Blair hosted the tea party, which last for approximately one hour, and was followed by a short tour of Number 10 Downing Street.
“It was a great honour and privilege to be able to take Gemma, Ewan and Matthew and their parents to Number 10 for the tea party. I certainly enjoyed the day"
“I can honestly say each of them is a great ambassador for their school and all children and young people in West Lancashire.”
Gemma Roberts of Lathom High School said:
“It was an extremely early start to the day and from the moment I got up I couldn’t believe I had been chosen to make a trip to London to have tea with the Prime Minister’s wife at Number 10 Downing Street.”
“I have never been able to imagine the interior of the building but it was in parts quite ornate and elaborate. We have to climb a set of stairs to the meeting room and as you walk up the staircase the walls are filled with pictures of all former Prime Ministers.”
“I learnt some interesting facts like there are two pictures of Winston Churchill on the walls because he is held in such high esteem. Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson decided the Cabinet room needed two clocks opposite each other because he was fed up with people in his meetings turning round to see what time it was.”
“Cherie Blair was actually very easy to speak to and soon put us at ease. She seemed genuinely interested in what we all had to say and was willing to answer questions.”
Matthew Hackett aged 10 said:
“We had cakes and a drink inside Downing Street. The other children and I chatted to Cherie Blair about why we thought we had been chosen. I asked her which football team she supported as she is from Crosby. We spent some time talking about all the important things Rosie does for the people of West Lancashire.”
“Then we had a tour of Downing Street, we went into the State Dining room. We went into the Cabinet Room, which is where all the important decisions are made. The table was in a barrel shape so that the Prime Minister could see everyone. The closer you sit to the Prime Minister the more important you are. I liked the moon particles that were given to Downing Street by the famous American President, Nixon.”
“The whole day was an amazing experience, as the places I visited where so famous and very important. I hope to use my experiences to be a better school councillor. It was one of the best days of my life and one that I will never forget.”
Throughout the year MPs from all political parties are invited to bring three children and their guardian from their constituency to visit Number 10. There were 6 other MPs and guests also at the tea party. The group from West Lancashire had their picture taken with Cherie Blair in front of the fireplace at Number 10.