Tickets were limited and excitement ran high on Friday, 20 February, when St Leonards was privileged to welcome to School the Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, QC, MP. During an hour-long question-and-answer session with students and teachers, Sir Menzies addressed several timely issues, with the capable assistance of Mr Mark Dunkerley, Head of History, as moderator.
A number of St Leonards students took the opportunity to ask Sir Menzies questions about foreign policy, benefiting from his widely acknowledged expertise and experience in this field; he served as former Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs) from 2001-2006.
Outgoing Head Boy Curtis Stiles asked ‘How serious in your opinion is the threat from Islamic State and what more should – and could – Britain be doing?’, while fellow IB2 student Kate Addiscott sought his opinion on the best approach for Britain and its allies to take regarding the current situation in Ukraine.
When asked what had been his greatest satisfaction during a long career in politics, Sir Menzies told the audience that it was voting his conscience in 2003 against the war in Iraq – and the hope that his grandson would soon represent the Scottish U18 rugby team.