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Former Army chief inspiring youngsters to engage in politics

Published on 23/04/15

The former Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, General Sir Peter Wall, visited Orchard School in Horfield to discuss the importance of politics in the lives of young people.

The former Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, General Sir Peter Wall, visited Orchard School in Horfield to discuss the importance of politics in the lives of young people.
 
In a lively talk with Year 10 students, he explained how our political system worked and why young people need to become engaged.
 
Students had the chance to question him on his military background - from his early days at Sandhurst to service all round the world - and also had conversations about voting age, Europe and tuition fees.
 
He told the students that negative public perceptions of politicians are often different from the reality.
 
The visit was given coverage on BBC Points West as part of a feature about the importance of registering to vote.
 
General Sir Peter was visiting Orchard School as part of a programme called Speakers for Schools in which he has participated since his retirement from the Army.