UCTC to hold mock election

The 6th form at Uckfield Community Technology College will be holding a mock general election and question-time debate on Friday, April 27.

Candidates from the Greens, Liberal Democrats, Labour, UKIP and Wealden MP Charles hendry will be answering questions from students on a range of topical and controversial issues during an 80 minute debate.

The event, which is being organised by the Politics department and students, will take place in the 6th form centre from 12.20pm.

The debate and subsequent mock election of the winning candidate for the 'UCTC 6th form' constituency has become a tradition at the college.

Previous debates have included heated exchanges on EU membership, tuition fees and deficit redunction.

Last year's elected winner, Chris Bowers (LD) is hoping to defend his 43% share of the vote.

UCTC students also voted to change the electoral system from 'first past the post' to the Alternative Vote where voters could rank candidates in order of preference and these preferences could be used to decide the outcome where no candidate wins more than 50% of votes cast.

Seventy per cent of students said yes to AV, an almost exact reverals of a 'real' nationwide poll. As a consequence this year's mock election will use this system.

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