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Question Time sparks debate

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 29, 2013

embers of the panel take questions from the audience during the event at Westwood College.

embers of the panel take questions from the audience during the event at Westwood College.

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STUDENTS from the Leek Federation Sixth Form had the opportunity last week to voice their opinions on the issues concerning them at the federation’s annual ‘Question Time’.

Around 100 Students from both Leek High and Westwood Colleges’ Sixth forms quizzed a panel of five local politicians from the main parties about current affairs.

The panel was made up of the Staffordshire Moorlands' Conservative MP Karen Bradley, Leek Town Mayor John Fisher from the Liberal Democrats, Labour’s Darren Price, Matthew Burton from UKIP and Gordon Pearson from the Green Party.

The event was chaired by the director of Westwood Sixth Form, Sam Wallinger.

A spokesman for the Feder ation said: “The annual event provides an opportunity for students to engage in political debate and hear the views of politicians first hand.

“There was passionate debate amongst members of the panel over a range of issues, including immigration, youth unemployment and university tuition fees, and members of the Federation Sixth Form were certainly unafraid to air their opinions.

“The 100 sixth formers who attended the event will be first time voters at the 2015 General Election and will all have taken something useful away from the experience.” Kim Butteworth, a year 13 student said: “It was a great opportunity for us to hear what politicians had to say and for us to express our views about topics that concern us.” Director of the Federation Sixth Form, Dan Owen added: “To hear the sixth formers air their views so passionately and eloquently was great.

“We would like to thank the panel for their time in enabling our Sixth Form to take an active part in the political debate.”

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