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Army Cadets from Hull take Parliament by storm

Cadets visit the Houses of Parliament to speak to MPs - by Capt N Bizzell

Army Cadets from Hull take Parliament by storm

13 July 2023

  • Humberside And South Yorkshire ACF

Two cadets from East Hull Detachment headed to London earlier this week to brief local MPs on the benefits of the Army Cadet force experience.

Cadet Sergeants Annie Fairburn and Kieran Parker accompanied by Colonel Fred Owen; Commandant Colonel Simon Banks Cooper; Honorary Colonel and Adult Under Office Nichola Boyce were welcomed into the Houses of parliament to talk with local MPs.

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After being fast tracked into the Central Lobby there was a short wait whilst a Bill was walked between the Lords and Parliament, they were then shown to their allotted Committee Room where they presented their lived experience to some of the Members of Parliament who represent constituencies in our County area.

The group consisted of The Rt. Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP; Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster Central and Deputy Speaker, The Rt. Hon David Davis MP; Mp for Haltemprice and Howden, Rt. Hon Alexander Stafford MP; MP for Rother Valley, Rt. Hon Martin Vickers MP; MP for Cleethorpes.

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Colonel Simon Banks-Cooper; Honorary Colonel, Said "All credit is due, and both rightly deserve praise and congratulations for their performance, spirit and courage. Courage, because being candid about ones own childhood challenges at such a young age, as a means to provide context to the extent to which the Army Cadet Force has been a positive force for good, is no easy endeavour. Needless to say, they did their County, and the Army Cadet Force as a whole, proud."

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After their presentation both cadets were presented with their Four Star certificates by the Rt. Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP and were able to spend some time talking with her.

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In return Dame Rosie was presented with a county cypher pin badge which she wore later in the week when presiding over the House.

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