The Habs Politics Society hosted their first ever totally remote, online event on Thursday 7 May 2020. For many years, the Politics Society has hosted famous names from the world of politics at Elstree including future Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Theresa May, then Party Leaders like Nigel Farage and Natalie Bennett and former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. They have hosted in the past Skype calls with speakers in North America to discuss US Politics. They were delighted that, even though the majority of our school community are not present currently on our fabulous campus because of the national lockdown, they were able to arrange a Politics Society event.
Dean Russell, who was elected Conservative MP for the bellwether seat of Watford in December 2019, took questions from students from Habs Boys, Habs Girls and other partner schools about the politics of the current Coronavirus crisis.
Mr Russell spoke about his own background and his experiences before becoming a Member of Parliament. He spoke about how the Government had to react quickly to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, as well as what he had seen of the local impact as a volunteer with the Salvation Army and at Watford General Hospital. He paid tribute to the heroic work of NHS staff and the strong sense of community he has witnessed in Watford.
Questions from students covered issues such as the government's preparations for the crisis, the supply of Personal Protective Equipment and testing, the impact of the crisis on local businesses and the national economy, as well as what social distancing measures might be in place when schools return.
The School are grateful to Mr Russell for giving of his time generously to answer our questions from our pupils and to everyone who helped arrange the event. A huge thanks also to Mr Clark for organising the event.