GREAT Torrington School student Annie Ritson is off to Parliament after winning a regional heat of a National Parliamentary writing competition. She was given the prestigious award by the Parliamentary Press Gallery in the Year 10-11 category. Now she w

GREAT Torrington School student Annie Ritson is off to Parliament after winning a regional heat of a National Parliamentary writing competition. She was given the prestigious award by the Parliamentary Press Gallery in the Year 10-11 category. Now she will join five other other regional winners in a day's visit to the Houses of Parliament in March. It will include a tour of the building and a chance to meet and talk with journalists in the press gallery to find out what it is like to work there. The Speaker of the House, Michael Martin MP, will present Annie and the other regional winners with their certificates and announce the overall winner of the competition. Annie had to write a report setting out her ideas to get British schoolchildren more involved in government plans to tackle poverty, including free education for all across Africa. Her ideas included a training scheme for 14-19 year olds in the UK in areas such as health care, teaching, design and construction, leading to job opportunities in Africa. She also wrote about the Fair Trade co-operative that operates at Torrington School.