PENSIONERS have paid a visit to Westminster after an offer by Rayleigh MP Mark Francois.

Tory MP Mr Francois hosted the visit to Parliament by the Rayleigh branch of the University of the Third Age.

The U3A helps promote lifelong learning, particularly for those who have retired and encourages people to take an interest in subjects from literature to Latin.

Mr Francois helped to launch the group at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre in October, last year, and it now has over 130 members, 50 of whom made the recent trip.

He said: "The U3A does a great job in promoting learning in a variety of subjects and I am pleased the Rayleigh branch has grown so quickly.

"I am delighted they decided to take up my invitation."