University Centre students take chance to grill David Miliband

David Miliband. Picture by Charlie Ray
David Miliband. Picture by Charlie Ray

Students from University Centre Milton Keynes had an exciting opportunity to meet the former Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday (Tuesday).

Mr Miliband visited the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), based in Bletchley, where journalism students from UCMK held a press conference with the South Shields MP.

David Miliband at the National Association for Gifted Children. Picture by Charlie Ray

David Miliband at the National Association for Gifted Children. Picture by Charlie Ray

The students were invited to the event as the NAGC is working closely with UCMK on a number of initiatives.

Jon Boyle, journalism course leader at UCMK, said: “This was a rare opportunity for our students to interview a high-profile MP but they took it all in their stride and looked like seasoned professionals.

“They fired some tough questions at him that Jeremy Paxman would have been proud of – particularly with regards to engaging with the Taliban - but he was happy to answer them all.

“David had plenty of time for the students and he shook the hand of every one of them, but his firm handshake left some of the girls complaining about possible broken bones.”

Charlie Ray, 19, from Olney, who is a first year journalism student, said: “It was an amazing experience to get the chance to speak with someone who has the potential to shape so many lives.

“As a young person, the decisions in government made in the present will affect us in the future and there’s a good chance Mr Miliband will play a part in that, so it was great to be able to speak with him today.”

Story by Elena Georgieva