STUDENTS studying politics at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent School were able to put their questions to Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles when he visited the school recently.

Mr Pickles was asked a range of questions, including his views on the European Parliament and the recent election of a new president of the EU, the referendum on Britain’s future in Europe, Ukip, his choice of career and the prospect of a Conservative majority at the next general election.

Mr Pickles said: “The girls were obviously keen students of politics, and asked some piercing questions.”