Sixth Form hosts General Election Hustings

On Monday 25th November, The Sixth Form hosted a hustings for the election candidates representing the four parties contesting the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency.

Kieron Thomas George – Yorkshire Party
Andrew Hanson Jones – Conservative
Judith Mary Rogerson – Liberal Democrat
Mark James Sewards – Labour (represented by Harrogate Grammar School Year 13 student Tyler Reeton)

The event involved each candidate speaking for 3 minutes setting out their priorities. Head Students, Joe Nichols and Phoebe Kyriakopoulos, co-ordinated the session very well and ensured that a range of questions were asked of the candidates. Joe and Phoebe said, “it was fantastic to have the wide and varying views and opinions of our school community addressed by the candidates for the Harrogate and Knaresborough seat in the upcoming General Election. The questions asked were very insightful which tested the candidates and resulted in a successful session.”

Questioning was rigorous and ranged from domestic fiscal policy to foreign policy and the previous conduct and comments of party leaders. There were, unsurprisingly, some questions relating to Brexit – as well as student finance. The issues raised provoked much discussion after the event as well.

The hustings were intentionally held on Monday before the ‘register-to-vote’ deadline to enable the students to realise the importance of registering and voting in the election itself.

Lucy Vincent, Deputy Director of Sixth Form, said “It is really important for young people to exercise their right to vote. By organising a hustings event, the candidates were able to speak directly to our students, enabling them to make a more informed decision on 12th December. Lively debate ensued, with discussions continuing long after the event.”

We are very grateful to all participants for helping to contribute to such an enjoyable event and for taking time out of their busy schedules to make sure that the event took place.

Photograph at the top of page – Candidates with Head Students, Joe Nichols and Phoebe Kyriakopoulos.