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Pupils meet Deputy First Minister during Holyrood visit


By Kyle Ritchie


Pupils from Banff Academy have met with the Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson to discuss political issues including Brexit, local transport and education.

The group of around 30 students visited the Scottish Parliament to watch First Minister’s Questions and meet with the MSPs.

Questions from the panel of pupils included how Brexit was likely to impact Scotland’s future as well as increasing the frequency of public transport in the north-east.

The Banff Academy pupils got to meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and local MSP Stewart Stevenson.
The Banff Academy pupils got to meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and local MSP Stewart Stevenson.

The pupils ranged in age from S1 – S3.

Mr Stevenson said: “It is always great to meet with young people who ask such inquisitive questions about current affairs and politics.

“The Scottish Parliament is very accessible to visitors and it’s great when constituents can come along to watch the heated debate during First Minister Questions.

“I was pleased to answer questions alongside the Deputy First Minister which illustrated how engaged young people are in the world around them.

“It is always good to be challenged especially by the next generation of voters.”



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