Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister of State for Industry and Economic Security at the Department of Business and Trade, took time out of her busy schedule to speak to members of the Sixth Form.
In the course of their interview, Six One (Year 12) students Amelia and Ava asked Nusrat some challenging questions covering a wide range of topics.
They started by asking Ms Ghani about how and why she got into politics. She explained that she comes from a family where the women were not literate and could not speak English. As a result she was determined from a young age to get an education and work to expand her opportunities and those of other women, particularly among the Muslim community.
Ms Ghani went on to talk about the realities of life as an MP, and on an international level she discussed her involvement in highlighting the plight of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as well as the need to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression.
The wide-ranging discussion then touched on the conflict in Gaza, Brexit, the Government’s handling of the Covid crisis and Government funding of public services. Having been inspired by Betty Boothroyd, mistaken for Priti Patel in the corridors of Westminster, and sacked from a Ministerial position in 2020 because of her faith, Ms Ghani’s advice to students was to be resilient, but also not to be afraid to really go for it in life. She encouraged them to grab opportunities even if they seemed scary, and not to be worried about failing or looking silly.
The evening ended on a high note when Ms Ghani’s Ministerial Red Box arrived in a separate car and was escorted into the Theatre for the students to see.