Peterborough parliamentary candidates were welcomed to The Peterborough School for a hustings on Wednesday (April 22).
Candidates Darren Bisby-Boyd (Green), Mary Herdman (UKIP), Darren Fower (Liberal Democrat) and Stewart Jackson (Conservative) were joined by Labour Party constituency organiser Daniel Swain.
The calibre and delivery of the students’ questions were exceptional and I know the candidates were impressed.Adrian Meadows
The debate was chaired by students Abigail Jessop and Jordan Grinyer who firstly asked each candidate to respond to the same questions, which they had received in advance.
The questions were: What first got you interested in politics? What does your party stand for? What would your party do for young people in Peterborough?
After this, students from the floor asked questions of individual candidates.
The students, who were aged between 11 and 18, some of whom will be voting for the first time at the election, enjoyed the verbal exchanges and were extremely interested to hear the candidates’ pitches for votes.
After the hustings, sixth form students made good use of the opportunity to pose further, direct questions to the candidates over coffee and refreshments.
Following the hustings, senior students will cast their votes during an internal election which will indicate which of the candidates won them over.
Headmaster Adrian Meadows was very pleased to see the level of interest the students had in the hustings.
He said: “It is extremely important for young people to have an interest and engage in politics and having the candidates actually here with us in school gave us an excellent opportunity to hear their arguments first-hand and carefully examine our local options.
“The calibre and delivery of the students’ questions were exceptional and I know the candidates were impressed with the boys’ and girls’ enthusiasm.”