Political Labour heavyweight David Miliband urged for more politics to be taught in schools as he visited students in Norwich.

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The former foreign secretary took questions from sixth form students at Sewell Park College on St Clements Hill yesterday before being questioned by former Norwich South MP and cabinet minister Charles Clarke at the University of East Anglia.

Mr Miliband currently teaches politics for an hour a week at his old school in north London, and said he thought this should be more widely applied.

He said: “Let’s teach about politics and the Labour Party and talk to people about big ideas.

“It’s teaching young people so they can make their own minds up.”

One student, Laura Battigan, 18, from Shipstone Road, Norwich, said she felt she would have benefited from politics lessons at high school.

She said: “It should be a compulsory part of the education.”

But she added: “A lot of people who feel they are not destined for university don’t even think about A-Levels, they see them as pointless.”

Later Mr Miliband took questions from Mr Clarke on international issues in the Middle East and Europe as well as Labour’s position in Norfolk.

He said the low number of Labour seats in the south-east of England was “very dangerous”, and said that the party needed to rebuild in this area.

Norfolk’s nine MPs are currently made up of seven Conservatives, and two Liberal Democrats.

Mr Miliband was joined by Jessica Asato, Labour’s candidate who will take on Chloe Smith in Norwich North at the next general election.

9 comments

  • Would UKIP,BNP,EDL Or Raving Looney Party be allowed into Norwich Schools then absolute disgrace .Teachers,respect not in this case

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • How about teaching manners, social behaviour, awareness of others, how to be polite and most of all a bit of respect. Not to mention grammar, no what I mean like, what, like, Oh and also how easy it can be to get up of your **** and actually do somefink like.......

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    Mr T

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • David Milliband says"Lets teach politics and about the Labour Party" What a good job he is not in power and not involved in school curriculums.Yes,as Daisy says,teach the basics of politics but once you get selective and preaching about one particular party isn't this opening the door to all the minoruty groups.Go back to London Mr.Milliband and let Norfolk decide who to support.

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    john kendall

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Great Idea! Put them off politics and politicians at an early age, so that they can also not bother to vote in unwanted national elections [like last weeks PCC vote]

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    suffin else

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Could school children just be taught the 3 r's please.Not new Labour spending policies

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Teach kids that voting nuLabour is like putting a loaded gun to your head,while voting for the Tories is very similar, but the gun goes in the mouth.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Why not just teach them about deception.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • When I was at school we had one lesson a week for part of a year in the lower school which went under the heading of civics. We learned about the history of Parliament and how the country is governed from parish council up, how political parties are organised, how elections are run and how laws are made etc. There were visits to town halls and to the Houses of Parliament. I think that is all most kids need unless they decide to take politics as an academic subject. The same sort of short course in basic economics might also be useful, then pupils could see why and how Miliband's lot led the country over a cliff with the carrot of have it all now, pay later dangling in front of them.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Why should a New LAbour politicaldepartment at UEA be promoting these Blairites TheVice Chancellor is known to be new labour Alast ditch standand here in Norwich. Shame.

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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