Politicians will be taking part in a mock election debate at Uckfield College on Friday (May 10).
They will be answering questions from students on current affairs, political values, and the path ahead for Brexit Britain.
Those taking part include:
Angela Airlie, Labour, who was the parliamentary candidate for the Wealden constituency in the 2017 general election and is constituency Labour Party chairwoman.
Roy Galley, Conservative, a county and district councillor, who was MP between 1983 and 1987. He is standing in for Wealden MP Nus Ghani who cannot attend.
Chris Bowers, Liberal Democrat, who hopes to retain the Uckfield College 6th Form ‘seat’. He was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Brighton Pavilion in the general election 2015 and in Wealden constituency in 2017 and 2010 when he came second behind the then MP Charles Hendry (Conservative).
Colin Stock, Green, who took part in a mock election at the college in 2011.
The mock election is being organised by Politics and Philosophy departments at the college.
Likely questions range from the Conservative party’s involvement in the housing crisis, to youth suicide becoming a national emergency.
Students will elect an Uckfield College representative from among the four candidates and Politics students have also chosen a referendum question to be put to the student audience as a whole. It is “Should grammar schools in England be phased out?”
Last year’s question on whether the UK should renew the nuclear Trident missile system got 41% in favour of renewal and 49% in favour of abolishment.
In the 2018 mock election Chris Bowers secured 43% of the student vote, over-taking Davy Jones, the Green representative who won the previous two years.
The debate, and subsequent vote, aims to raise interest in, and awareness of contemporary political, social and economic issues whether local, national or international.
In addition it aims to increase the political education of students at Uckfield College.
The debate is due to take place in Uckfield College hall from 12.20-1.50pm, on Friday, May 10.
This is the ninth consecutive year in which the debating event has taken place.