A MEMBER of the House of Lords visited Eskdale School last week to give them a quick introduction to national politics.
A former general secretary, Tom Sawyer led the Labour Party to general election victory in 1997.
He resigned from this post in 1998, taking up a peerage in the House of Lords.
As part of the House of Lords Outreach Programme, the former UNISON chairman gave an assembly to the pupils of Eskdale School and said: “It’s a great programme. I get to go to all kinds of schools. Yesterday I was at a big private school in Surrey, so I get to see all sides of the spectrum.
As somebody who is responsible for helping make legislation it’s good to meet so many people. I’m in a privileged position and this is a very small way to give something back.”
Born in Darlington, Lord Sawyer is now Chancellor of the University of Teesside, and said that he was “very happy” to come to Whitby, adding: “Although it’s not technically in my patch it’s a lovely place to come to.”