Uniformed Services Receive Visit from Royston Smith MP

Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology

On Monday 13 November, our Uniformed Services Academy were visited by Royston Smith, MP for Southampton Itchen.

Royston has a long career in the Royal Air Force behind him, where he served for ten years. He then went on to work for British Airways as a an aeronautical engineer before finding his way into politics. He has been the leader of Southampton City Council and is now our local MP.

He spoke to our Uniformed Services students about his time in the RAF, why he entered into politics and told his 'submarine story', recounting the heroic moment he wrestled a gunman to the ground aboard submarine HMS Astute. The submarine was visiting Southampton and Royston, who was leader of Southampton City Council at the time, was being toured around as one of the saliors started shooting in the control room. Royston wrestled him to the ground and disarmed him. He was later awarded the George Medal by the Queen.

His talk gave our students an insight into the different career paths public services can offer them, and hopefully inspired them to broaden their horizons when thinking about their future careers and to help their local communities.