MP gets Pindd down by probing questions

MP Mike Penning meets youngsters from community group Global Pindd.
MP Mike Penning meets youngsters from community group Global Pindd.

YOUNGSTERS got the chance to quiz MP Mike Penning on the issues of the day when he visited community group Global Pindd, pictured right.

The MP popped into Global Pindd’s family learning centre in Paradise, Hemel Hempstead, as part of the children’s democracy studies.

Mr Penning was asked about his childhood, sport and the euro crisis – but things got off to a frosty start when the Tottenham supporter was served coffee in an Arsenal mug.

“I feel very proud when my young constituents participate in activities that engage then in such a positive manner,” the transport minister said.

“I am pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable some of the young people are about key local and national issues.

“I am also proud of all sections of my local community who are striving to improve their lives through engaging and learning.”

Global Pindd was founded by Bennetts End councillor Suqlain Mahmood, and the group is one of the main organisers behind the popular annual Mela festival held in the Market Square each summer.

The community group is now in its third year of operation providing family learning opportunities and organising community events.

Children from a number of mainstream local primary and secondary schools attend Saturday morning classes to improve their Urdu, English and maths, while their mothers take part in sewing and vocational learning activities.