Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

31 OCT 2013

Ellie's week in Westminster

A-level student, Ellie Dodds from Frinton, spent a week in Westminster working for local MP, Douglas Carswell.

"I've always been intrigued to find out what working in Parliament would be like. So I emailed my MP Douglas Carswell and ask if this was possible" she explains.

Douglas offered Ellie a week of work experience in the House of Commons.

As well as listening to the debates in the Commons chamber and going on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, Ellie helped with press releases, wrote letters about sea defences and other constituency issues.

"What struck me the most while working in Parliament was the amount of time spent working with constituents" says Ellie. Douglas' office gets hundreds of letters a week, and he responds personally to each one.

"I am very much looking forward to going back to college and apply what I've learnt to my studies. In the future I would love to carry on working within the world of Politics and working in Parliament has made me realise what that will entail".

"Having Ellie working in my office for the week was a big help" Douglas added. "She got some sense of what I do, and the range of requests I get from local constituents."

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