STUDENTS in Urmston have been engaging with local politicians to ask questions on topics affecting them.

A group of Year nine, 10 and 11 humanities students at Wellacre Academy took part in a digital surgery with both Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, and Councillor Sean Anstee, leader of Trafford Council.

During the video conference with each of the politicians, students asked a wealth of questions about their jobs and career pathways, as well as debating their views and opinions on a variety of issues, including housing, the greenbelt and Saturday jobs.

The surgery is in partnership with The Politics Project, that specialises in providing people with democratic education.

Following the event MP, Kate Green said: "I loved doing the interview with Wellacre students. I hope we can do more surgeries. The students were very well prepared and the questions were very relevant."

On social media, Sean Anstee said: “It was fantastic to be involved in, as ever!”

The surgeries followed a series of lessons in which students carried out research and learned about the political process in Britain, the differences between local and national government and the roles of a Member of Parliament and Councillor.

Mr Gillan, Teacher of Humanities at Wellacre Academy, said: “We were extremely grateful to Cllr Sean Anstee and Kate Green MP for taking the time to speak to our students, as well as Harriet Andrews from The Politics Project for co-ordinating the event. The Digital Surgery is a fantastic way to engage Wellacre students in meaningful conversations with local politicians about the issues that matter to them.”