Ed Vaizey’s visit to the FCC Burnet News Club

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On the 14th May Conservative MP Ed Vaisey came to visit us and and answer our questions. Mr Vaizey was very friendly and gave an answer for every one of our questions. The topics varied from Brexit , Racism and immigration. One of the questions was if he thought that Brexit was racist. He told us that the idea of Brexit was not racist but that low-level racism had increased because of the referendum, its result and the fall-out of the last three years. This was very powerful because of the white ,racist stereotype of a Tori MP.

Another question was ,if an MP’s constituents could not see what the MP was voting in Parliament if the vote outcomes would be different. His answer was that article 50 would not have been triggered.

I would like to say a big thankyou to Mr Vaizey for coming and answering all of our questions and Mr Baker the leader of our news club for giving us this opportunity.

Comments (2)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 15 May 2019

    What a fantastic opportunity for your Burnet News Club! We love it when students are able to use their BNC skills beyond the sessions - which ones do you think you used during Mr Vaizey's visit? I'm also interested in your comment about the stereotype of a Tory MP. We should always be careful with stereotypes, especially ones that paint whole groups of people in a particularly negative way. Is there any evidence for this stereotype, and where has it come from?

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg calm_hedgehog
    Faringdon Community College 21 May 2019

    Thank you for for commenting . This stereotype comes from when before Labor were a big party and it was only really Conservative. All of the MP's were white males and against immigration. Conservatives are famously very right wing and upper class. During Brexit debates, MPS like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson could be accused of having racist undertones to their views on immigration. This is what has brought out this racist stereotype.

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