Will she or won’t she?
After a turbulent week in London, culminating in her resignation from the Cabinet as Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Wilmslow’s Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders weren’t sure if their local MP Esther McVey would still be able to attend the prearranged presentation and question and answer session held at Alderley Edge School for Girls on Friday night.
As things turned out, she didn’t disappoint, perhaps thinking that the event would be some light relief? However, the girls proved to be a challenging crowd, as no topic was seen as ‘out of bounds’.
The evening started with each section representing themselves: Rainbows sang their ‘Welcome’ Song; Brownies dressed up in uniforms ‘Through the Ages’; Guides spoke about their various Community Actions and participation in the Vote 100 Challenge; and Rangers highlighted their work producing comfort bags, an initiative which started in the wake of the Manchester bombings last year.
Then it was Esther’s turn, and she spoke of life in Parliament, and how and why laws are passed. The highlight of the evening, however, was the Q&A session, with Esther answering various questions from the girls such as : “What do you do at work?”; “Have you ever felt disadvantaged being a woman?”; “What do you want from Brexit”; and the searching “Do you ever disagree with the Prime Minister?” To which Esther replied ‘sometimes’!
Esther proved to be an engaging and informative speaker, and at least three girls in the audience ended the evening saying that they were now interested in going into a career in politics!
A huge thank you to Esther for answering all the girls’ questions with insight and humour, and also to the County Archive team for providing a wonderful display and the old uniforms.
A display from the evening will be in Wilmslow Library (upstairs) until New Year. Girlguiding is desperately short of volunteers in Wilmslow.
Stevie Jepson and Trudi Stephenson