Peter Lilley MP visited YOR Radio last Friday afternoon, where he was interviewed by the young people working there, given a tour of the studio and shown how the radio equipment works. YOR Radio is a youth led internet radio station based at Bancroft youth centre in Hitchin.
Peter Lilley said: “I very much enjoyed my visit to the radio station and was very impressed by the broadcasting skills of my young hosts and the studio and its equipment. They asked me a number of questions, such as what advice I would give to a candidate for the youth parliament. I advised him to keep on trying – it took me 40 applications before I was selected for a seat – and to make sure he has another career to rely on, not just politics.
“Asked about my musical tastes; I grew up in the era of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and the Kinks are one of my favourite bands so I was very pleased when the DJs played one of their best records for me. When asked which one piece of music everyone should listen to at least once in their life, I proposed Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis to give them a foretaste of Heaven!”
When asked about amusing experiences during his time in Parliament, Mr Lilley replied: “I used to have a little office between the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s offices, and when Margaret Thatcher forgot her keys to her office she came into mine and announced she would be sharing my desk. So I had to sit looking diligent whilst she prepared for Prime Minister’s Questions – not so much funny as terrifying!”
The Groundwork Hertfordshire team said: “We were thrilled that Mr Lilley could visit the radio station for what was a lovely afternoon. It was hugely beneficial for the young people; they were really pleased to have their local MP as a guest.”
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