Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, welcomed 50 learners from the Slough WEA (Workers’ Education Association) to Westminster for a tour of Parliament. The learners were all studying ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).They toured around the building and then talked with Fiona for an hour.
Fiona said, “I am glad to welcome these women who are learning English to Parliament. Learning to speak better English is a crucial part of being an active citizen. They students seemed to enjoy it and it gave me a chance to sit down and talk to them about their concerns like housing, school places and apprenticeships. I was able to use what they had told me about difficulties in getting school places for their children in a debate later that day.
“The WEA does fantastic work in providing education for adults, allowing people to carry on learning.”
Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA was also at the event.