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Pupils put prospective MPs on the spot about young people and education

Published on 23/04/15

PROSPECTIVE candidates from Bristol North West were put in the hot seat by students from across the constituency at our hustings event this afternoon.

PROSPECTIVE candidates from Bristol North West were put in the hot seat by students from across the constituency at our hustings event this afternoon.

In attendance was incumbent MP Charlotte Leslie (Conservative), Clare Campion-Smith (Lib Dem), Kerry McCarthy, representing Darren Jones (Labour), and Tim Malnick, representing Justin Quinnell (Green).

Orchard pupils were joined by Bristol Free School, Oasis Brightstowe and Henbury, who all came up with their own set of thought-provoking questions to put forward to the candidates.

The panel was quizzed on topics mostly relating to young people and education, but also on their goals – and which party they would choose, besides their own!  

One topic that was hotly debated among the candidates was how disadvantaged students could go to university without leaving with huge debt. 

Dr Helen Holman, headteacher at Orchard, commented that the questions asked by the pupils have been some of the best she has heard in the build-up to the general election. She added that the students “brought politics alive”.

Following the hustings, students were given the opportunity to chat with the candidates and ask them any general questions they had.