Priestley students ‘vote’ Remain

STUDENTS at Priestley voted 70% in favour of remaining in the EU in an online poll conducted by the college.

After weeks of raising awareness of the EU Referendum in college – including hustings and a debate with key local campaigners from both sides of the argument – students were asked for their views.

The results showed 18% in favour of leaving the EU whilst 11% remained unsure.

Senior Tutor Mark Salmon said the most important thing was that students were well informed about the issues raised by the referendum.

“We spent weeks encouraging our students to sign up to vote because we believe very strongly in this as part of good citizenship,” he said.

Before the historic vote, Priestley hosted a debate in college involving people from the Leave and Remain sides.

On the panel was Conservative MP Graham Brady who is Chairman of 1922 Committee, Liberal Democrat Ian Marks, Georgina Harris of Students for Europe, David Mowat MP, Green representative Rob Mclellan and UKIP’s John Bickley.

Priestley’s Kyle Kirkpatrick chaired the discussion and fellow student Declan Lancaster was among those who argued the case for Leave.

“The questions we were asked were of a high quality,” said Declan. “The debate went really well and seeing a swing from Remain to Leave was exactly what I was hoping for, even if we did lose overall.”

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