The Liberal Democrat MP spoke about her ministerial work over the last four years – including tackling FGM and securing equal marriage law.
The local MP also spoke about her work in and around her constituency, and her new campaign to encourage unity and community cohesion in the face of extremism.
The students then asked a number of questions – including many about women’s rights and life as an MP.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It was great to speak to the students, particularly about the consequences of the recent terror attacks in Paris and elsewhere. We spoke about the worrying and divisive use of language in this country following the attacks, and how unity – rather than division – really is the best way to respond to extremism.
“Many of them rightly raised questions about womens’ rights, and increasing female representation in parliament. While the situation for women has improved – and campaigns to end FGM and forced marriage have really taken off – there is still so much work to be done in this area.
“I really enjoyed the open discussion – the students were so bright and really understood the issues of the day – I wish them all the best for the future!”