A new generation of legal eagles and lab boffins from Somerset have visited the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London.

As well as an interactive ‘making laws’ workshop, the 26 law and forensic science students from Weston College met their local MP, John Penrose, in a visit organised by Parliament’s Education Service.

The students also watched the Lord Speaker’s ceremony in the House of Lords and listened to a debate in the Commons led by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.

Law student Gemma Dillon, 19, from Weston, said: “We met our MP and asked him questions about local issues.”

Law lecturer Alexandra Sermon said: “It was a fantastic educational visit. Students were fascinated by the history and atmosphere of the Houses of Parliament and the combative debating style between MPs.”