MPs moved by girls’ gun crime poetry

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The Home Secretary was invited to hear “moving and impactful” poetry written by secondary school pupils during a visit to Bedford.

Theresa May was in town for a Conservative Party function but arranged to meet two St Thomas More School pupils, who had written the poems about gun crime.

Jonelle Nathan and Beatrice Oladeji had composed their poems as part of a lunchtime poetry club organised by their English teacher, Marianne Santis.

The meeting at The Swan Hotel was arranged by Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller after being impressed by the girls’ work.

Accompanied by their families, Ms Santis and head teacher Alison Wilshaw-Quinn, the two students read their poems and discussed with Mrs May their motivations for writing, and the inspiration for their words.

Mr Fuller said: “Jonelle and Beatrice wrote two moving and impactful poems about the human consequences of gun crime and, as they spoke, it was clear to see how much they impressed the Home Secretary.

“I was delighted Mrs May was able to experience this in person, and congratulate Marianne Santis for this powerful initiative.”