SIXTH form students from the Maelor School in Penley have been asking the tough questions to their Member of the Senedd, Ken Skates MS.

Mr Skates was asked a wide variety of questions by Year 12 students from school on Friday, October 9 in a virtual session organised by head of history and politics, Rob Quinn.

Among the topics covered were mental health, how the Welsh Government has protected jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and how the UK leaving the European Union might impact young people.

Also discussed were Welsh Government programmes designed to help young people, such as Jobs Growth Wales – which has helped almost 20,000 people aged 16-24 into work.

Mr Skates said that while his was disappointed to be unable to attend in person, he still enjoyed the discussion.

"I love visiting local schools and always enjoy my visits to The Maelor School," said Mr Skate. "Rob said the students were keen to catch up and discuss some key issues.

"I'd have loved to have been able to join them in person, but it was a really enjoyable morning and I'm really grateful to Rob and the IT team at the school for making it possible.

"It was fantastic to chat with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of young people.

"It was an excellent, lively discussion and I look forward to catching up with the students soon."