Ellesmere Port and Neston’s MP has made an explosive impression at the House of Commons.

Andrew Miller met the first scientist ever to be allowed to carry out explosive experiments in the House at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He met representatives from the society to talk about the importance of scientific research to the UK economy and the local region.

He also took part in some loud and colourful chemistry experiments performed by Dr Hal Sosabowski from the University of Brighton.

Mr Miller witnessed the whizzes and bangs of chemistry first-hand as Dr Sosabowski showed off the science behind glow sticks, a liquid nitrogen shower and a flaming methane mamba of soap bubbles.

The event was an opportunity to discuss the need for a long-term strategy for UK science funding to drive economic growth and create jobs.

Mr Miller said: “It certainly wasn’t a normal day in Parliament, seeing bright and explosive chemistry experiments.

“It was a fantastic way to find out more about the contribution that science makes to the UK economy.”