Tuesday was a wet and windy start to the second day of Winners’ Week, but the damp London weather did nothing to discourage this year’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners and Runners-up, who were up bright and early for a tour of the UK Parliament, Westminster.
Having navigated the tube across London, the winners were then taken on a walking tour through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The group learnt about the history of the Houses of Parliament, as well as the Westminster System - the political system that operates in the United Kingdom and has similar variations implemented in other Commonwealth states.
As the group left the Houses of Parliament the rain lifted and the winners made the most of a few rays of sunshine by walking to Westminster Bridge and taking photos with some of London’s most well-known attractions in the background.
In the afternoon, the group visited the offices of the Evening Standard and The Independent, both well-read newspapers in the UK. The winners were welcomed by Deputy Managing Editor, Will Gore, who talked the young writers through the history of the newspapers and the evolution of the newspaper industry as a whole, including the challenge of being successful in the digital era. After answering the winners’ questions, Will strongly encouraged the group to continue making their voices heard through writing – a very appropriate end to their second day in London!