Politicians under spotlight at Priestley

LOCAL politicians faced a grilling from some of their youngest constituents during Question Time at Priestley College.

Faisal Rashid MP for Warrington South, was joined by Paul Campbell (Conservatives), Ian Marks (Lib-Dems) and Lyndsay McAteer (Green) on the panel.

“Students asked questions on a variety of issues both local and national,” said Senior Tutor Mark Salmon.

“They covered everything from Teresa May’s political future to transport problems in Warrington and what solutions the candidates had for that issue.”

Other questions focussed on funding for Warrington’s schools and the candidates’ approach to dealing with American President Donald Trump.

Around 70 students from a number of subject areas – including Law, Citizenship, Politics, History and Business – chose to sit in the audience.

The debate was chaired by former Bridgewater pupil Sophie Johnson and James Edwards who was previously a pupil at Culcheth.

“It was a great experience to be part of a debate like this and we have to thank the candidates for taking part,” said Sophie.

“Our job was to keep them on topic and encourage them to answer the questions that were asked and I think we did a good job.”

Every year Priestley organises a Question Time involving candidates from all the local parliamentary parties that want to take part.

It is just one of the ways the college encourages students to play a full and active part in society.

Mark Salmon said: “We are committed to encouraging active citizenship and participation in politics amongst our students.”