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Schoolgirls were able to join MPs in Westminster to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday 12th March. Nicole Baldev from Langley Grammar 0and Louise Lynch from St Joseph's Catholic High School joined Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough after winning a competition for local girls to join her in Parliament for a day to learn more about what she does.


The students were given a tour of 10 Downing Street and a talk about International Women’s Day. They toured round Parliament, before having lunch with Fiona Mactaggart MP and observing her speak in a debate about violence against women and girls.  The day ended with afternoon tea at the residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons.


Fiona said, “I’ve always called for more women to get into politics, I welcome young women from Slough so that they can see Parliament in action.  I hope it inspires them to get involved in politics. It enjoyed spending time with Nicole and Louise and talking about the work that I do as an MP. I know they have a lot to contribute.”


Fiona was only able to invite two girls to Parliament for the day, but held a workshop in Slough for those who entered the competition but for whom there were insufficient places on the day in parliament that she wasn’t able to invite.