Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, was invited by Julia Smalley, the leader of the 1st Purley Brownies to meet with four Brownie groups from Reading on Thursday 8th February. The evening brought together the 1st Purley Brownies, 2nd Tilehurst Brownies, 8th Tilehurst Brownies and 12th Tilehurst Brownie units.
The Brownies recently held a number of events for 'Parliament Week' involving debates and even a General Election, where they voted for the challenge badge that they would work towards the following term. The Brownies were very excited for Alok's visit and the opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament.
Alok spoke to the girls about his role as Member of Parliament for Reading West and his work as Minister for Employment. He was delighted to answer the groups' numerous and eclectic questions, which included his preference on ice cream flavour! Alok asked the girls what they would do if they were Prime Minister for the day and was very interested to hear their thoughts on the matter.
Alok Sharma said: "I was delighted to meet with four Brownie units from Reading. It is fantastic to see the Brownies so engaged in current affairs and with such interesting questions. There are clearly lots of very clever Brownies locally!"
Lynsey Theobald, Brown Owl at the 8th Tilehurst Brownie Unit said: "Both the Brownies and the leaders enjoyed the evening and in particular the question and answer session, with some interesting questions being asked like "what's your favourite ice cream?"! Over the last couple of weeks, we have held a "Parliament Week" in our units and have had mini debates and held a Brownie General Election where they had to vote for a challenge badge to do next term - this put them all in good stead for Alok's visit."
Photo: Alok Sharma MP meets the Brownies