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Students inspired by MP with military background

Published: June 12, 2018

Cornwall College Duchy Stoke Climsland

Military students in North Cornwall have been inspired by a visit from a local MP who boasts more than a decade of military service on his CV.

MP Johnny Mercer met Military Academy students from Duchy College, where he was shown around the training wing facility, before speaking to students about his experience in the military.

Before becoming MP for Plymouth Moor View, Jonny Mercer served from 2001 to 2014, where he became Captain of the 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

He spoke to students about his time serving three tours of Afghanistan and what inspired him to become a Member of Parliament, before taking several questions from the students.

Former St Boniface College student, Brandon Stevens, who is studying Level 3 Military Academy at Duchy College, said the visit was a “great insight into politics”.

“It was interesting to hear about his experiences in the Military and the advice he was giving us about taking every opportunity we can is really valuable.”

Former Wadebridge School student, Mathew Mitchel, who is also studying Level 3 Military Academy at Duchy College, said it was “brilliant to be able to ask lots of questions”.

“To hear about MP Johnny Mercer’s step from 29 Commando into politics was really inspiring.”

MP Johnny Mercer said he “always enjoys speaking to students” and was “delighted to see how engaged the Military Academy students were in our discussions”.

“It is just as useful to me to get an update on how our young people are assessing the role of the military and politics in their lives as it hopefully was to them to meet someone who can put both these things into context.”

Curriculum Lead for Military Academy at Duchy College and Deputy Head of Campus, Jamie Crisp, said it was “fantastic that Johnny spent time with our students.” 

“Chatting with them about his time with the forces and the diversity of roles individuals move into after their time in the military was really valuable.”


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