Long invites local girl to experience Westminster as part of International Women’s Day celebrations

East Belfast MP Naomi Long has helped mark the week of International Women’s Day by showing a local schoolgirl the inner workings of Parliament.

As part of the day, designed to celebrate, appreciate and show respect to women around the globe, Mrs Long brought Lily Smyth onboard as her intern for a day’s work in Westminster.

Ashfield Girls’ pupil Lily was able to see first-hand the work carried out by Alliance MP Mrs Long, as she took part in meetings, watched a debate in the House of Commons chamber and assisted in her office. She also had a tour of 10 Downing Street and afternoon tea in the Speaker’s apartments.

The intern scheme was part of the Inspiring Change project, is intended to encourage young females from around the UK to get up close to politics by accompanying their MP for a day.

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to showcase politics for young women and allow them the chance to get involved. Politics needs to accurately reflect our whole society, and show we are moving forward to a brighter and fairer future.

“I was delighted Lily was able to join me in Westminster and see we are working hard here to deliver change. Maybe the day will have been so inspiring that one day Lily will be in my current position as East Belfast MP.”

Ashfield Girls’ Principal Alison Mungavin said she was thrilled that Lily got to spend the day in Parliament.

“Lily was so excited to travel to Westminster to take part in International Women’s Day and we are delighted with this unique opportunity for one of our sixth form pupils. Hopefully it will have been a valuable learning experience as well as an enjoyable day. Thanks go to Naomi Long for facilitating the project and we can’t wait to hear all about Lily’s time away.”


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