A Private Tour and Q&A at Downing St

Members of BDA’s prestigious debating team were treated to a tour of Downing Street yesterday, during which they enjoyed a private Q&A with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

The group, comprising a mix of key stage 3 and sixth form students, asked Mr Osborne about his time at school and how he manages to maintain a relatively normal family life.

The chancellor was open with his answers and also spared a moment to praise Burlington Danes Academy. “You all go to a great school. Everyone here is talking about Burlington Danes all of the time,” he said.

However, Mr Osborne refused to be drawn on what he would do differently if he was prime minister, on the grounds that David Cameron is a close personal friend.

On their way around No 10, the students were shown Moon rocks found during an Apollo mission, Winston Churchill’s favourite leather chair and a collection of famous artwork by the likes of Moore, Hepworth and Turner. They saw photographs of previous prime ministers, walked the gardens, sat on chairs worth £200,000 and stood at the podium used for press briefings. The group also had a chance to sit in the Cabinet Office – with Mr Ribton occupying the PM’s seat, of course.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr Osborne and Downing Street, it was an unforgettable morning for all concerned.