This week students at Stockton Sixth Form College were joined by the Conservative and Labour candidates for the Stockton South constituency ahead of the 2017 General Election.
The candidates were invited to speak with students on the importance of them using their vote in the upcoming election. They also held a Q&A session with the students to answer any questions about their parties manifesto and why they should vote for them.
Conservative candidate James Wharton
Both days were well attended by students who wanted their chance to speak to the candidates directly. Both James Wharton (Conservative) who joined the students on Monday and Dr Paul Williams (Labour) who joined the students on Tuesday were greeted by a large crowd who were ready to fire as many questions at them as possible.
All of this was put together by teacher at the college Jos Cowley who said:
“I decided to invite the candidates into the college because I wanted to get as much interest as possible among the students, to get them to join in and think about the upcoming election.
“It was great to see the students engaging with local politics and asking the candidates well rounded questions.”
Labour candidate Dr Paul Williams
We hope our lunchtime drop-ins have inspired more students to turn out and vote on Thursday 8th June as this will be their first chance to vote on issues that matter to them.