Baroness Shirley Williams visited Corfe Hills School today to speak about her life in Parliament and answer students’ questions. She was accompanied by Vikki Slade, the Lib Dem candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole and the former Member of Parliament, Annette Brooke.
The former cabinet minister, Baroness Williams, talked about the Lib Dem’s record of achievement in government including raising the tax threshold, the pupil premium, free school meals and free child care. She also praised Annette’s local record and Annette spoke about her 14 years in Parliament representing the local area. For the all-female panel, women in parliament was also an important topic to discuss.
The students, from Corfe Hills and Parkstone Grammar, asked Vikki about her priorities which included raising the number of apprenticeships, providing homes for local families, protecting the local environment and enhancing the local economy so our high streets are restored.
Baroness Williams said: “Mid-Dorset and Poole is one constituency that has proved its independence by voting for an MP that is outside the conservative regime in the county – one of the finest constituency members in the House of Commons, a person of conscience and reform.
“Annette Brooke will be seriously missed but in Vikki Slade she has a worthy successor, a local woman who understands both politics and business.”
After the event, one student said: “Meeting Shirley Williams was great. She was really inspiring and has such an interesting past too. We need more people like her in politics.”
Baroness Williams then went to meet Mid Dorset and North Poole's Liberal Democrat supporters and activists at Molly's Cafe in Broadstone.