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Through the keyhole at 10 Downing Street

POLITICS student Jennifer Wooldridge will walk through the famous front door of 10 Downing Street on a special tour with Tatton MP, George Osborne next week.

POLITICS student Jennifer Wooldridge will walk through the famous front door of 10 Downing Street on a special tour with Tatton MP, George Osborne next week.

Jennifer, 18, of Manor Close, Wilmslow, was picked for the trip by the MP who offered to take three constituents on a through the keyhole style visit to the Prime Minister's political powerhouse in London.

She will get the chance to see inside the cabinet room, state drawing rooms and the ornate dining room which has seated some of the world's most influential leaders.

The experience will boost her studies at Keele University where she began a degree course in politics earlier this year after leaving Wilmslow High School. She told Mr Osborne she hoped to pursue a career associated with politics after completing her education.

"I appreciate the value of British democracy and hope to direct my adult life to preserving it," she said.

Mr Osborne, who is the youngest in the House of Commons invited three guests to join him on the tour after being offered tickets by Downing Street officials.

He said: "Instead of inviting friends I wanted to give people in the constituency the chance because, in a sense, everyone owns 10 Downing Street."

He recalled his own first visit saying a shiver went down his spine as he approached the famous doorway when he began working for John Major during his term as Prime Minister.

"I defy anyone not to feel a real sense of awe," he said.

Jennifer also expressed her excitement. "To actually enter and be in the same building where people contemplate key decisions having such a powerful impact on our society, would for me, be an exhilarating experience," she said.

The house with its famous black door has been the backdrop to many historical announcements and has been the official residence of the British Prime Minister since 1732.

Mr Osborne added: "It is a very impressive house with beautiful furniture and paintings and a real sense of history but it is also a working place."

She is due to accompany Mr Osborne along with Amanada Dale and Valerie Dawson, both of Knutsford who were also selected.

 

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