This season I was pleased to welcome two groups of Liberal Democrats – a group from Essex and Taunton Deane local party. They enjoyed a trip to the Hemicycle, hearing more about the role of an MEP and how the European Parliament functions.
I was also delighted to welcome two young people from my constituency as part of the ALDE competition for students under 18 to spend a week learning more about the EU institutions with young people from across the EU. Our two successful applicants came from Farnborough College and Woking College. They both learnt an awful lot about the EU and, sadly, both went home much more disheartened about leaving.