Media students sipped champagne with the Chancellor of Exchequer at a reception evening in Downing Street.

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman MP invited five media students from Stanmore College, in Elm Park, Stanmore, to a reception evening after his recent visit to the college with education minister Nick Boles.

Georgina O’Sullivan, Leila Dadjooyi, Ariana Campbell, Andrei Hulub and Stephanie Adesanya attended the event held in recognition of the creative industry at Downing Street on Tuesday, February 17.

Guests sipped on drinks and canapés as George Osborne introduced the purpose of the event being to champion the flourishing sector, which is worth £70 billion a year to the British economy.

He said: “Employment opportunities are growing rapidly year on year and we need to ensure, as an industry, that we are attracting the best talent from the varied backgrounds that best reflect our audiences.”

Attendees included chief whip Michael Gove, as well as high profile members of the creative industry.

Student Georgina O’Sullivan said: “I was surprised to see how busy it was at Number 10 and 11 – there was a constant flow of officials in and out.

“As a media student, I need to be reassured there will be a job waiting once I have finished education, and to know the industry is growing year on year is great news for us all.

“This was a valuable opportunity and I would like to thank Bob Blackman MP and Stanmore College for making it happen.”