Derby High School student to quiz Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

A Derby High School student will have the chance to quiz Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg after winning a prestigious competition.

Poppy Brown, of Long Eaton, beat 99 girls to win an essay writing contest run by Women Of The Future Ambassadors Programme and Face to Faith, which is part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

The 16-year-old had three topics to choose from and selected the role of religion in society today as the subject for her 1,500 word essay. The title was: ‘In the light of the “Holy Redundant” campaign to remove the Bishops from the UK Parliament – what contribution do you think Faith and Belief should make to conversations about public life in the UK?’

She said: “I just thought that title sounded really interesting, I looked at the way in which religion was represented in politics and whether you should make provisions for religion in Government. It was quite different to find a relevant way of putting it and making it balanced. I received an email to say that I had been invited to London to a reception for the Women Of The Future Ambassadors programme.

“I didn’t know at that stage that I had won, it was announced during the reception. I was quite shocked. The evening was great, we met women who were at the top of their careers and it gave me the chance to do some networking. I want to go into medicine and I was talking to some top female consultants, which was really interesting.”

Among the prizes Poppy won was the chance to join a group of 14 girls who will meet Nick Clegg at the House of Commons later this month.

She will also have the opportunity to shadow a woman who is at the top of her chosen career and attend the Tony Blair Faith Foundation Faith Short Film Awards Ceremony in London.

Face to Faith brings students of different religions and cultures together using digital technology to connect schools in 19 countries.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation was set up to promote respect and understanding between different religions, to examine the role of religion in the world, and to demonstrate that faith can have a positive impact.

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