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At a hustings event held at York College students benefitted from the opportunity to question the York Central parliamentary candidates, enabling them to become fully informed about party policies ahead of the General Election.

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Faced with a large student audience, York Central candidates Robert Mcllveen (Conservative), Rachel Maskell (Labour), Nick Love (Liberal Democrat), Jonathan Tyler (Green), Ken Guest (UKIP), Megan Ollerhead (TUSC) and Chris Whitwood (Yorkshire First) answered questions on the main issues including Tuition Fees, Austerity, Social Welfare and Immigration.

Hayley McQueen, Head of Studies for A Levels at York College, chaired the event. She said: “Providing a platform for the different political parties to inform students about their policies is very important. In general our A Level Government & Politics students are passionate about going to the polls, however other students probably needed the chance to hear from their local candidates and become better informed about the different political parties. Our students should now be able to make a more informed choice on 7th May.”

Interestingly, six A Level Government & Politics students from York College are standing in local council elections (two current students and four former students): Jack Robinson (York, Conservative), Reece Goczinski (York, Labour), Ashley Mason (York, Liberal Democrat), Rosie Corrigan (Selby, Labour and Mayor of Selby), Josh Foskett (York, Green) and Terence Smith (Goole, Labour).

Sean Ledwith, Government & Politics tutor at York College comments: “These individuals have been students of the highest calibre and we are delighted they are pursuing their love of the subject directly into the political arena. They are impressive evidence that not all young people today are apathetic about politics, as is sometimes suggested, and that many are keen to make a difference.”

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