A range of issues were covered when Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing faced questions from A-Level Politics students at Roding Valley High School in Loughton.
Her visit, arranged through The Politics Project initiative, saw Dame Eleanor answer questions from the Year 12 and Year 13 students on her role as a Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker, women in Parliament, 'Partygate', Dominic Raab's resignation, the effectiveness of the House of Lords, and her ranking of the last five Prime Ministers.
Dame Eleanor said: "It was a pleasure to visit Roding Valley High School and face a wide variety of questions from the students.
"I have previously taken part in the session online but it was great to see the students face-to-face, and hear them voice opinions on Parliament.
"I was very impressed by their knowledge and am sure that there were some future politicians among the class."
Politics teacher Marthew Cocker said: "This is the second year that Roding Valley High School has worked with The Politics Project to ensure young people are able to have powerful conversations with politicians at all levels of government.
"Dame Eleanor was kind enough to take part in a Q&A session and the students were delighted to be able to ask questions to their local MP and the Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
"We thank Dame Eleanor for her time and look forward to working with her again in the future."