23rd May 2017
A Hustings event at York College gave students the opportunity to hear from, and question, the York Central parliamentary candidates. The purpose of the event was to fully inform students about the different party policies ahead of the General Election.
York Central candidates Ed Young (Conservative), Rachel Maskell (Labour) and Nick Love (Liberal Democrat) were each given five minutes to deliver their party manifesto. The floor was then handed over to an audience of students who posed questions to the candidates on topics including social care, housing and Brexit.
A Level Government & Politics student, Matt MacMahon (previously of St Peter's School) said the Hustings event was "thoroughly entertaining and informative". Fellow A Level student, Georgie Bryan added: "Having the event certainly raised the profile of the York Central candidates with York College students."
Hayley McQueen, Head of Studies for A Levels, chaired the event. She said: “This was a good platform for the different political parties to tell students about their policies. The majority of our students are first-time voters and it is important that we encourage them to use their vote wisely. Many of our A Level Government & Politics students are passionate about going to the polls, in fact a large number of them have applied to be on the BBC’s Question Time and quite a few are actually out canvassing, however other students probably needed the chance to hear from their local candidates and become better informed. Our students should now feel be able to make a more informed choice on 8th June.”