POLITICIANS were challenged by some of their future voters during a Question Time staged by Priestley College.More than 140 students gathered in the audience with many questioning the representatives from each of the main parties as well as a local magistrate.
The history, politics and law students focussed on both local and national issues during the hour-long debate, which was chaired by student Charlie Brittlebank.
“Charlie varied his style between Dimbleby and Paxman and really enjoyed his role,” said Senior Tutor Mark Salmon.
“This is part of our continuing drive to promote active citizenship and we appreciate the support of local councillors in helping us to achieve this.”
Priestley College organised the Question Time to encourage an interest in politics and to help boost the confidence of those taking part.
Councillors Ian Marks, David Keane, Paul Kennedy and Norman Oldham MP formed the panel.
It follows on from the college receiving the School Council Award for raising standards of political literacy among young people.
It is also a development of the Question Time hosted by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Sharkey who will be returning to Priestley in December to host another event.
“Lord Sharkey continues to come back to Priestley because he has always been so impressed with the quality of the incisive questions that he is asked as well as the professionalism shown throughout the whole event,” said Mark Salmon.