After a turbulent week in London, culminating in her resignation from the Cabinet as Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Wilmslow's Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders weren't sure if their local MP Esther McVey would still be able to attend the pre-arranged presentation and Q&A session to celebrate Parliament Week.
As things turned out, she didn't disappoint, perhaps thinking that the event held at Alderley Edge School for Girls on Friday, 16th November, would provide some light relief. However, the girls proved to be a challenging crowd, as no topic was seen as 'out of bounds'.
The evening started with each section representing themselves: Rainbows sang their 'Welcome' Song; Brownies dressed up in uniforms 'Through the Ages'; Guides spoke about their various Community Actions and participation in the Vote 100 Challenge; and Rangers highlighted their work producing comfort bags, an initiative which started in the wake of the Manchester bombings last year.
Then it was Esther's turn, and she spoke of life in Parliament, and how and why laws are passed. The highlight of the evening, however, was the Q&A session, with Esther answering various questions from the girls such as: What do you do at work?, Have you ever felt disadvantaged being a woman?, What do you want from Brexit?, and the searching Do you ever disagree with the Prime Minister? - to which Esther replied 'sometimes'!
Stevie Jepson, Girlguiding Wilmslow District Commissioner, said "Esther proved to be an engaging and informative speaker, and at least three girls in the audience ended the evening saying that they were now interested in going into a career in politics."
Esther McVey said "I was delighted to meet the girls last Friday for an event that has been in my diary since the Spring. It was a challenging audience with girls as young as 5 as well as young adults and parents and I am pleased to hear I may have inspired some future politicians!"
A display from the evening will be upstairs in Wilmslow Library until the new year. Girlguiding is desperately short of volunteers in Wilmslow so click here if you're interested in helping.