Students at Wilmslow High School had the opportunity to hear from and put their questions to the candidates who are standing in next month's General Election.
On Wednesday afternoon the school hosted an educational political debate for 140 students from Year 7 to 12 which was attended by all five candidates standing in the Tatton constituency: Quentin Abel (Independent), Nigel Hennerley (Green Party) Esther McVey (Conservative Party), Sam Rushworth (Labour Party) and Gareth Wilson (Liberal Democrat Party).
A debate for the general public was also planned to take place in the evening, but was postponed as campaigning was put on hold in the wake of Monday's terror attack in Manchester. This has now been rescheduled to take place at Wilmslow Parish Hall tomorrow (Sunday, 28th may) from 6.30pm to 8pm. We understand that all five candidates will be attending.
Year 9 student Joseph Vale said "The debate gave an important insight into the way local and party politics work and gave the students an opportunity to ask questions about issues they care about. The standard of questions was exceptionally high, with questions ranging from matters of the EU to votes for 16 year olds and the issue of the education national funding formula."
The event was chaired by Year 12 student Joe McBride who told wilmslow.co.uk "The election debate was certainly interesting. It gave younger students an opportunity to engage in politics, whilst allowing the older students to decide who to lend their vote to! The candidates were able to learn which issues concern the young people of Tatton, including the EU Referendum and its repercussions, education funding and even the economy. It was a pleasure to chair the debate."
Before the debate started a one minute's silence was observed in respect of those who were injured or lost their lives in Manchester.