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Politicians challenged by Priestley students

FOUR of Warrington’s parliamentary candidates faced a grilling from Priestley College students before voters went to the polls.

David Mowat, Faisal Rashid, Bob Barr and Lyndsay McAteer faced an audience of students who raised questions about the voting age, tuition fees, NHS funding and Brexit

“It was really good to see so many students engage in the political process at such an important time before the General Election,” said Senior Tutor Mark Salmon.

Student Luke Packwood proved an expert chair of the meeting, holding the candidates to account and keeping order.

The audience included students who have engaged in a range of opportunities such as participating in the Model United Nations Conference, standing for Youth Parliament, representing the parties at a student hustings and a mock election at college.

“At Priestley we are very proud of the level of engagement so many of our students show in politics,” said Mark.

“Hopefully the end result of all our efforts is that more young people will have exercised their right to vote in the 2017 election.”