Milton Keynes College welcomed actor, comedian and marathon runner Eddie Izzard to its Bletchley Campus today in the build-up to the EU referendum.
Eddie outlined some of the key considerations for young people to be aware of in making their decision about EU membership, including travel, the economy and the continuation of pan-European peace.
The Remain campaigner then remained to obligingly pose with students for a long line of selfie shots.
His visit to MK College was part of a series of events which sees him visiting 31 colleges and universities in as many days, encouraging young people to engage in the debate over EU membership and cast their vote.
While visiting the College’s Bletchley campus, Eddie also shared a number of anecdotes from his varied career, including how he has handled criticism over his appearance.
After completing his speech, Eddie fielded questions from the College’s Principal and CEO Dr Julie Mills, with topics including the inspiration behind his recent fund-raising challenge to run 27 marathons in 27 days.
With a number of students joining in the debate to ask some probing questions, the atmosphere of the whole event was engaging and enthusiastic, said Eddie.
He told the Citizen: “Today was great, young people putting in questions, difficult questions that they’d thought about beforehand. It was great to be here and great to have young people engaging in politics and getting involved in the referendum.”
He added: “People fought and died for the right to vote so I’m glad that young people are thinking about it. I say that we have to have a fair world where everyone has a fair chance – we need to stand and fight to keep putting hope into the world.”
MK College Principal Julie Mills said: “It was brilliant to see so many students taking part in the debate and showing their passion on either side of the argument – I’m sure they will be just as probing when they hear from a campaigner on the ‘Leave’ side before the vote.
“For the College to be able to welcome such a well-known and recognisable character as Eddie Izzard can only help to inspire our learners and encourage them to think seriously about their own views on what they believe is important for their futures.”