Picture from a previous mock election at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Politicians line-up for mock election at Uckfield Community Technology College

Politicians will face sixth formers at Uckfield Community Technology College for a mock election debate on Friday, May 4.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but the college would need to know in advance is you plan to go.

Those facing questions from students in a bid to be elected as ‘honorary’ representative of the 350+ sixth form seat at the college are:

Chris Bowers (Liberal Democrat), who won the sixth form vote in 2010 and 2011. He was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Brighton Pavilion in the general election in 2015, and in Wealden in 2017 and 2010.

Roy Galley (Conservative), a county and district councillor who was MP between 1983 and 1986. He is standing in for Wealden MP Nus Ghani who cannot attend this year’s debate. It is his first time taking part in the debate and mock election.

Michael Pursglove (UKIP), who is also taking part in the event for the first time. UKIP cam second in the Wealden constituency in the 2015 general election.

Angela Airlie (Labour), is taking part for the second time. She was parliamentary candidate for the Wealden constituency in the 2017 general election and is current Labour Party chairwoman for this constituency.

Davy Jones (Green), who hopes to retain the sixth form seat he won in 2016 and 2017.

This is the ninth consecutive year the popular debating event has been held with the aim of raising interest in, and awareness of contemporary political, social and economic issues whether local, national or international.

Questions will come from students in years 12 and 13 with ten selected by a politics A-level panel at the college. They are expected to cover subjects ranging from foreign affairs to the NHS and matters relating to the economy, Brexit and social care crisis.

A referendum question will also be put to the student audience as a whole. It will be:

“Should the UK replace its nuclear Trident Missile defence system?”

Last year’s question relating to Votes at 16 was affirmed by 68% of sixth form voters. Compulsory voting was not as popular, 41% voted yes and 59% no.

About half the students in the sixth form are eligible to vote this year with many registering to vote after an in-school drive to do so.

The debate is preceded by a number of information assemblies on political participation and a range of other issues and by sessions on political issues during mentoring slots.

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