“Like everyone, I was shocked to see the election of Rosie Duffield on June 9th. I had bumped into Rosie the previous day and we spoke about the election campaign, where she seemed hopeful she would reduce Brazier’s previous majority of over 9,000. What happened next no one expected, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity to apply for work experience with the Labour (at last!) MP in Canterbury. I applied wanting to learn about the world of local politics, as I was then completely unaware of the amount of work covered by MP’s and their teams.
Admittedly, I was apprehensive when I started, being unaware of what I would be tasked with. However, Rosie’s Senior Parliamentary Advisor dropped me in at the deep-end, asking me to draft letters, research issues, and proof-read documents. I would like to think I quickly developed the skills needed for these tasks and they will certainly help me in jobs I later apply for. Though, for me, the highlight was accompanying Rosie to the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham. There, we spoke with the CEO Jonathan Neame, who explained to us the extent to which government policy influences the hospitality industry; this was a side to politics I had not seen before.
Having personally considered a future career in politics, I can now say I have been well and truly enthused. I have realised how being an MP is busy and demanding, but Rosie deals with it perfectly, demonstrating what it is to be a good constituency MP.”
Freddy Waters, Work Experience Student