Elections 2015: Candidates quizzed by students

Election debate at St Wilfrid's School SUS-150705-132643001
Election debate at St Wilfrid's School SUS-150705-132643001

Three of Crawley’s General Election candidates have lined up in front of 100 first-time voters for one final question time.

Henry Smith (Conservative), Chris Oxlade (Labour) and Guy Hudson (Green Party) were at St Wilfrid’s School, Southgate, this morning (May 7) for the event, which was streamed live to all classrooms.

Assistant headteacher Chris Franke hosted the Q&A and each candidate was able to outline their core party principles to the audience before questions were taken from the audience of Year 11 and sixth-form students.

The first question was: “You have over 100 18 year olds in this hall who will have a chance to vote for the first time – Why should they vote for you?”

It was followed by questions on immigration, Trident, the environment and the economy.

St Wilfrid’s will be running its own mock election later today to help the students become more aware of the democratic process and the issues that will be discussed at a national level.

Election debate at St Wilfrid's School SUS-150705-132622001

Election debate at St Wilfrid's School SUS-150705-132622001

Mr Franke said: “It was fantastic to see the commitment from our Parliamentary candidates to come and engage with the questions our students put to them.

“It is really refreshing to see politicians engage with the young people in the community – and this had led to a real buzz of interest in politics from our students.”

It is really refreshing to see politicians engage with the young people in the community – and this had led to a real buzz of interest in politics from our students

Chris Franke, assistant headteacher, St Wilfrid’s School