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Wannabe journalists enjoy quizzing an MP

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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AS an MP Andrew Griffiths has grown accustomed to regular grillings from journalists. However, even he had to make sure he was on top of his game during his latest interview – as he was questioned by a group of wannabe journalists.

Burton’s MP visited Edge Hill Junior School, in Sycamore Road, Stapenhill, to help pupils involved with producing a paper as part of its newspaper club.

The youngsters asked a raft of questions and, in a trend developing among politicians, even posed for a ‘selfie’ with the parliamentarian.

Jim Ellington, teaching assistant at the school, runs the newspaper project with teacher Jess Homer.

He said: “As part of the newspaper club, the group have already interviewed some Burton Albion players and they next wanted to interview a politician – so the logical choice was Andrew.

“He came along and was absolutely fantastic with all the youngsters.

“Andrew enjoyed his time that much that, as a reward, he invited all of the pupils involved to the Houses of Parliament so they could have a look around where he works.

“The pupils were very well prepared and had lots of questions ready.

“They now want to speak to an author and have suggested David Walliams – that might be a big ask but we will try our best to do it.”

Mr Griffiths spoke to the Mail after his ‘run-in’ with the budding reporters.

He said: “I enjoyed the experience as much as the youngsters did. I have been left with the feeling that we have several budding Jeremy Paxman-style journalists at Edge Hill school.”

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