Your Future in Europe Conference

22 Sixth year pupils have just returned from another very successful trip to Paris, enhanced this year by Springlike weather while Britain was suffering gales, blizzards and floods. The group started off with a day in London, visiting Camden Town, Covent Garden, Whitehall, sitting in on a division in the Commons Chamber of the Houses of Parliament and – at the other end of the spectrum – a performance of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. An early morning Eurostar took then on an extensive walking tour of Paris which took in the Grands Boulevards, the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Eiffel Tower (in the late evening, with its glistening lights and magnificent views), a market, the Latin Quarter, the Musée d’Orsay, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Trocadéro with its break dancers, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and a number of typical French restaurants. Everyone became well acquainted with the Métro system, and enjoyed a bateau mouche trip on the Seine. The conference, held in the Palais des Congrès, was chaired by Dermot Murnaghan and included the following:

·Peter Luff, Director of Action for a Global Climate Community: The Expansion of the European Union

·Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty: Human Rights and Responsibilities

·Joe McEwan, Communities Manager at Innocent drinks: Entrepreneurship

·Arne Mielken, European Parliament: Studying and Working Abroad

·Tim Harford, economics editorial writer for the Financial Times: The Economic Argument and Recession Recovery

·Peter Luff: Sustainability

·Question panel: Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Daniel Hannan MEP, Shami Chakrabarti, Peter Luff, Dermot Murnaghan


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