Rt Hon Lord Lilley






    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, welcomed students from Sir John Lawes, Harpenden, and a school in Kenya to the House of Commons this week.

    For the past four years, students and teachers at the Hertfordshire school have been raising money to help the work of a primary school in the Kibera slum district of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

    Peter said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the students and their teachers. Overseas development is a special interest of mine and I visited Kibera when researching my recent policy document.   It is always encouraging to see how much can be done with a little practical help.

    “The Kenyan students are here to find out what life is like at a school in Britain. They have been going to lessons and taking part in a range of school activities. Both the British and Kenyan students asked some penetrating questions during our discussion about development policy.

    “The group is also supporting a national ‘Send My Friend To School’ campaign, which is part of an international effort to help the estimated seventy five million children around the world who are missing out on education.

    “The focus this year is on literacy, with a global campaign called The Big Read.”

    Picture: Peter Lilley with staff and students from Sir John Lawes, Harpenden, and the Kicoshep primary school in Kibera, Nairobi.


     Further information from John Allen