A GROUP of Bromsgrove School pupils from China and Hong Kong were given a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of the House of Lords by one of its members.
Old Bromsgrovian and Foundation Trustee Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kb took the students on the tour when he learned some of the school’s boarders were unable to return home for half-term.
They were given the chance to sit on the famous red benches and stood at the same dispatch box where Winston Churchill made his wartime speeches.
Lord Jones then led the pupils into the House of Commons chamber and explained how our democracy worked.
Head of languages Mark Beet who accompanied the pupils said: “It was a unique and memorable opportunity for our pupils and very special to be shown around by a peer who is a former pupil.
“Lord Jones was a fantastic host and inspired the pupils with his own personal story.”
Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kb was a pupil at Bromsgrove School between 1969 and 1974 and sits in the House of Lords as a non-aligned cross-bencher.
He served as Director-General of the CBI from 2000 to 2006 and as Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment between 2007 and 2008.