An opportunity of a lifetime for Harriet

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A high-flying Pickering student is heading for an opportunity of a lifetime working with an Australian MP after being awarded sponsorship by the town’s Rotary Club.

Harriet Allen, 21, of Middleton Road, is to spend three months with the Independent MP as part of Rotary International’s Rotary Services for Youth scheme, an exchange progromme for young people across the world.

The former Lady Lumley’s pupil, who graduated with a law degree from the University of Newcastle this year, said: “It will be an extended life experience in Australia. I have always wanted to do something involving politics and the law.”

She will be working alongside MP Greg Piper in New South Wales, campaigning and researching for him during his bid to be re-elected to the Sydney Parliament.

Harriet, who has lived in Pickering for 15 years, has now set her sights on pursuing a career in the British Civil Service.

“The experience I hope to gain in Australia will give me an insight into politics and government,” said Harriet who has already worked for the European Union and had experience at the Courts of Justice and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Ian Williams, President of Pickering Rotary Club, said: “We’re delighted that Harriet has been accepted on the exchange programme. We couldn’t wish for a more impressive person to sponsor. We know she will be an excellent ambassador for the Rotary organisation and for Pickering.”

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