Hexham’s MP, Guy Opperman, faced a grilling from Year 10 pupils during his recent visit to Ponteland High School.

The politician was questioned by a panel of pupils about his constituency work and what his day-to-day job looks like in the House of Commons in Westminster.

During his visit, Mr Opperman interacted with three aspiring Members of Parliament, including Rosie Bell and James Hickie, who are Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) for Northumberland.

The young MYPs recently had the chance to speak in the House of Commons.

Isabella Samples, who is vying to become the next youth representative for Northumberland, also had a conversation with the MP about her interest in politics.

Hexham Courant: Guy Opperman MP at a Q&A roundtable with Year 10 pupils at Ponteland High SchoolGuy Opperman MP at a Q&A roundtable with Year 10 pupils at Ponteland High School (Image: Office of Guy Opperman MP)

Mr Opperman said: "Ponteland High School continues to go from strength to strength since its recent £43 million rebuild and it's clear to see the difference the new facilities are making to the life chances of pupils at the school.

"Rosie, James, and Isabella are all incredibly impressive and a real credit to the school.

"I have no doubt that if they put their minds to it, they each have a successful career in politics ahead of them."

Headteacher Stefan McElwee said: "The students enjoyed an engaging discussion with Guy.

"We are grateful for opportunities for our young people to better understand issues around democracy and the rule of law."