MP Bill Esterson gets a grilling from Maghull High ambassadors

MP Bill Esterson with Ella Corlett, Sadie Carney, Colby Danson, Liam Horgan, Emily Alcock, Summer Tansley, Jessica Elms, Nathan Donaghy and Holly Williams.

Maghull's MP Bill Esterson was grilled about his university days by Year 7 Ambassadors at Maghull High School.

The children at Maghull High School are studying different universities and invited their MP to visit as this month, they are looking at Leeds University, which Mr Esterson attended.

Coincidentally, Maghull High headteacher, Mark Anderson, also went to Leeds, as did former cabinet minister, Jack Straw.

The children asked their MP about his time at university, what he learned there and what he had most enjoyed about being at Leeds.

Bill Esterson said:  "I always enjoy visiting the excellent schools in my constituency and the project about universities is a great way for the younger children to learn and to think about their future career prospects. 

"The children asked me about my time at Leeds and what I enjoyed most. Leeds was and still is a great university and I studied Maths and Philosophy, which stood me in good stead for careers first
in business and more recently in politics. 

"However, I particularly enjoyed my cricket at Leeds where we had an excellent team and we reached the semi final of the university cricket competition. 

"Leeds is a great city and I enjoyed being there as a student. However, I have to say that I would also encourage students to look closer to home as we have a number of fine universities in Liverpool. 

"University was a very important part of my life and for many young people it offers great opportunity. When I was a student, Leeds University had 10,000 students. Today there are 30,000 students at the university and it is great that so many people can take advantage of the education and experiences that university can offer. 

"However, there are many other ways for young people to learn and to develop including apprenticeships and it is really important that we support all young people in doing what is best for them. 

"Education is crucial for success in life and for our economy and businesses as well, so if my visit today had helped the children at Maghull High School in their studies, I am thrilled to have been involved."