A special needs student’s passion for politics earned him a trip to the House of Commons for a chat over lunch with Grantham MP Nick Boles.
Calum Wilson is a sixth form student at Sandon School, which is part of Grantham Additional Needs Federation. He has always been interested in politics and struck up a conversation with the town’s MP Mr Boles when he visited the school for a Sport Relief fund-raising event in March.
The 16-year-old and Mr Boles had a lengthy discussion about the local train station and how Grantham could be improved for local people and visitors. Struck by the teenager’s enthusiasm for politics and his local community, the MP got in touch with the school a few days after his visit to invite Calum down to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a catch-up over lunch.
During the Westminster visit Calum was accompanied by a member of staff from GANF.
Calum said: “I have been to Downing Street before but never inside. To get the chance to go inside The House Of Commons was amazing, I very much enjoyed watching the debate in the Commons afterwards.”
The Lincolnshire teenager was diagnosed with autism at an early age but he doesn’t believe someone’s disability should stop them being actively involved in politics.
Mr Boles said: “Calum is a very impressive young man with a real passion for politics. I am very glad to have the chance to show him around Parliament.”
The MP isn’t the first politician to be impressed by Calum. He has written to Downing Street on numerous occasions and received many replies. David Cameron replied after Calum wrote to express his concerns about the financial crisis. He even enclosed his pocket money as a way of doing his bit to help the country. The Prime Minister wrote back to thank him, returning the money and reassuring Calum that he was sorting things out!