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MP Angela Rayner speaks with Oldham Sixth Form students on International Women’s Day.
Wednesday 13th March 2019 @ 12:44 by Anna Fletcher
Community Events News Oldham Town Schools

Angela Rayner MP joined students at Oldham Sixth Form to answer questions for International Women’s Day.

Angela is MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Droyslden and Failsworth as well as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

She spent an hour being interviewed by two Politics students from the college and taking questions from students in the audience.

Questions were far ranging including topics such as social media, feminism, education for adults, her own plans for the education system, supporting the trans community, creativity in education and the erasure of women in the current curriculum.

She also spoke about her own journey into politics and the difficulties she faced as a woman, the first female MP for her area, and gave her thoughts on feminism and how important it was ‘to make space for women to be the best they can be.’

Angela said: “The event today was really inspiring. In Oldham we have got some fantastic young people and the young women here today who spoke up and asked challenging questions around post 18 funding for schools and around feminism in the 21st century, it has been a really pleasurable experience for me and challenging, quite rightly so.

“I love coming back to FE (Further Education) because Further Education really gave me opportunities that I had never had before and I think it often gets lost. The school cuts campaign, that’s really important, and the issues around higher education are constantly in the news, but little is said about FE and adult education when it transforms people’s lives. Some of the most amazing people come through the FE route and I‘m really pleased to be here today on International Women’s Day celebrating what our further education colleges do for young people.”

Principal of the college, Jayne Clarke, said: “We were delighted to welcome Angela for a Q and A session, hosted by our students, Sujata and Tommy, on International Women’s Day. It was inspiring to hear about her career journey and insights into the world of politics, which she presented in a really engaging way, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.”