Maria Miller visits Fairfields Primary School

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller looks at some of the pupils' project work

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller looks at some of the pupils' project work Buy this photo

First published in News

A BASINGSTOKE primary school, which has been working with schools across Europe on a special project, welcomed some VIP guests to a celebratory day.

Fairfields Primary School has partnered with schools in Portugal, France, Germany, Turkey, Sweden and Poland for the Comenius Project – a two-year partnership which will run from 2013 to 2015.

The project, funded by the British Council, aims to help develop pupils’ awareness of their cultural heritage within Europe.

Pupils at the school, in Council Road, have been studying the partner countries and as part of the project each year group created a story about an animal native to each country.

The school was visited by representatives from the European schools and they, along with invited guests including Basingstoke MP Maria Miller, Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Roger Gardiner, and Mayoress Tricia Gardiner, learned more about the children’s work.

The guests were also treated to performances of three dances from around the world – the Sailor’s Hornpipe, the Mexican Hat Dance and Greek dancing.

Teacher Janine Jenkins said: “The project is a great way for pupils to develop creative skills and their ICT skills, and they have been enjoying learning more about different cultures. It is nice to be able to welcome teachers from our partner schools to Fairfields.”

Over the last year, teachers from the Basingstoke school have visited schools in Sweden and Turkey to learn more about how schools are run in other European countries.

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3:55pm Mon 14 Jul 14

JamesRe says...

I know I should let it go but..... Give back the money you stole Miller!
I know I should let it go but..... Give back the money you stole Miller! JamesRe
  • Score: 27

9:33pm Mon 14 Jul 14

radders19 says...

Photo opportunity - check
Attendees unlikely to ask difficult questions - check
Maria's response - of course I would love to come
Now about my fee....
Photo opportunity - check Attendees unlikely to ask difficult questions - check Maria's response - of course I would love to come Now about my fee.... radders19
  • Score: 24

2:55pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Max Headroom says...

295 days until the General Election. MILLER OUT!
295 days until the General Election. MILLER OUT! Max Headroom
  • Score: 19

4:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BasingstokeCouncilSuck says...

She should not be allowed to showcase herself at schools, what a terrible example to young people she is.
She should not be allowed to showcase herself at schools, what a terrible example to young people she is. BasingstokeCouncilSuck
  • Score: 18

5:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Peter H. says...

I’m surprised the parent governors aren’t making a fuss about this.

How is someone of such questionable character and morality supposed to be a role model?

Don’t get me wrong, this is not about party politics; but if I had over charged my expenses, obstructed an Inquiry, resigned and ordered to apologise (however insincerely) to colleagues, would you want me visiting your kids? Who next: shop lifters, benefits cheats?
I’m surprised the parent governors aren’t making a fuss about this. How is someone of such questionable character and morality supposed to be a role model? Don’t get me wrong, this is not about party politics; but if I had over charged my expenses, obstructed an Inquiry, resigned and ordered to apologise (however insincerely) to colleagues, would you want me visiting your kids? Who next: shop lifters, benefits cheats? Peter H.
  • Score: 17

8:23pm Tue 15 Jul 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Lesson of day kids, I could have been a contender in Cameron’s re-shuffle, the powers to be in Westminster were tipping me for big and better thing in Government, I was the one to watch, one of Cameron’s babes.
Sadly however, it all went pear-shaped when someone from the press watched me a bit too closely and discovered t my hand in the till (housing benefit) I can’t complain didn’t get prosecuted in fact didn’t pay it all back, unlike a single mum on benefit.
Looking on the bright side kids I’m still you MP and my door is always open, don’t get many callers now, I wonder why
Lesson of day kids, I could have been a contender in Cameron’s re-shuffle, the powers to be in Westminster were tipping me for big and better thing in Government, I was the one to watch, one of Cameron’s babes. Sadly however, it all went pear-shaped when someone from the press watched me a bit too closely and discovered t my hand in the till (housing benefit) I can’t complain didn’t get prosecuted in fact didn’t pay it all back, unlike a single mum on benefit. Looking on the bright side kids I’m still you MP and my door is always open, don’t get many callers now, I wonder why popleyrebel2
  • Score: 15

11:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

Upontheroof says...

I totally agree with the comments above.

Sadly, I somehow feel she will be elected next time around as the local trend has been to vote Tory in the area and her questionable previous actions will somehow be swept aside.
I totally agree with the comments above. Sadly, I somehow feel she will be elected next time around as the local trend has been to vote Tory in the area and her questionable previous actions will somehow be swept aside. Upontheroof
  • Score: 9

2:01pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Suriman says...

Just a reminder:

http://www.mirror.co
.uk/tv/tv-news/carol
-mcgiffin-maria-mill
er-resignation-34071
59

I wasn't aware that she also walked away with £1.25 million profit on a house that we paid for.
Just a reminder: http://www.mirror.co .uk/tv/tv-news/carol -mcgiffin-maria-mill er-resignation-34071 59 I wasn't aware that she also walked away with £1.25 million profit on a house that we paid for. Suriman
  • Score: 10

12:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

JamesRe says...

Upontheroof wrote:
I totally agree with the comments above.

Sadly, I somehow feel she will be elected next time around as the local trend has been to vote Tory in the area and her questionable previous actions will somehow be swept aside.
I want to vote Conservative but will not if Miller is their candidate for Basingstoke.
I have emailed chairman@conservativ
es.com with my concerns and asked them to consider a new candidate for next years elections. If you agree please do the same... it'll only take 60 seconds!
[quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with the comments above. Sadly, I somehow feel she will be elected next time around as the local trend has been to vote Tory in the area and her questionable previous actions will somehow be swept aside.[/p][/quote]I want to vote Conservative but will not if Miller is their candidate for Basingstoke. I have emailed chairman@conservativ es.com with my concerns and asked them to consider a new candidate for next years elections. If you agree please do the same... it'll only take 60 seconds! JamesRe
  • Score: 8

11:05am Fri 18 Jul 14

poi000 says...

Apart from 1923, Basingstoke has sent a Tory to Westminster since the constituency was created in 1885.
Apart from 1923, Basingstoke has sent a Tory to Westminster since the constituency was created in 1885. poi000
  • Score: -2

11:30am Fri 18 Jul 14

Suriman says...

Apart from 1923, Basingstoke has sent a Tory to Westminster since the constituency was created in 1885.

Quite amazing isn't it that people will still keep shooting themselves in the foot. If Maria Miller had any integrity she would resign her position, the fact that she doesn't speaks volumes about the woman. But you know what, people in Basingstoke will still vote for her! Staggering, absolutely staggering.
Apart from 1923, Basingstoke has sent a Tory to Westminster since the constituency was created in 1885. Quite amazing isn't it that people will still keep shooting themselves in the foot. If Maria Miller had any integrity she would resign her position, the fact that she doesn't speaks volumes about the woman. But you know what, people in Basingstoke will still vote for her! Staggering, absolutely staggering. Suriman
  • Score: 6

2:15pm Fri 18 Jul 14

popleyrebel2 says...

People are just not surprised anymore when an MP is caught with their hand in till, what is more damming with Miller is the fact that she worked alongside IDS when this Government started their welfare reform that has caused so much hardship, poverty and in doing so has shown no remorse.
In Millers case she knew that the pack was closing and she tried to use her influence to persuade the media (press) to stop their inquiries, whilst standing up for the freedom of the press.
The woman has no shame or morals and therefore, that reflects badly on Basingstoke.
The woman must go.
People are just not surprised anymore when an MP is caught with their hand in till, what is more damming with Miller is the fact that she worked alongside IDS when this Government started their welfare reform that has caused so much hardship, poverty and in doing so has shown no remorse. In Millers case she knew that the pack was closing and she tried to use her influence to persuade the media (press) to stop their inquiries, whilst standing up for the freedom of the press. The woman has no shame or morals and therefore, that reflects badly on Basingstoke. The woman must go. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 10

12:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

By keeping a low-profile and keep out of the media does not mean the decent, honest and moral people of Basingstoke have not forgotten Maria Miller's horrendous behaviour. I would vote Conservative, but I will NOT vote for Maria Miller. If the chairman of the Conservative Association does not realise this he should now, many of my friends and neighbour have the same point of view. She is part of the disgusting 'expenses scandal' that disgraces the whole country and politics in general. How wrong would it be if she was voted back into power…..? She must leave politics and follow a career in her other lucrative interests.
By keeping a low-profile and keep out of the media does not mean the decent, honest and moral people of Basingstoke have not forgotten Maria Miller's horrendous behaviour. I would vote Conservative, but I will NOT vote for Maria Miller. If the chairman of the Conservative Association does not realise this he should now, many of my friends and neighbour have the same point of view. She is part of the disgusting 'expenses scandal' that disgraces the whole country and politics in general. How wrong would it be if she was voted back into power…..? She must leave politics and follow a career in her other lucrative interests. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 7

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