Politicians quizzed in Ilkley school debate

Politicians quizzed in Ilkley  school debate

Kris Hopkins

John Grogan

First published in News

Students at Ilkley Grammar School quizzed two politicians when it held a Question Time-type event.

Conservative MP Kris Hopkins, whose Keighley constituency includes Ilkley, and Keighley Labour candidate John Grogan, joined the student-chaired panel for some lively debate on local and national topics.

Jacqui Nicholl, head of economics and business studies, said: “We had a really wide selection of questions ranging from tuition fees and the bedroom tax to nuclear power and the European Union/UKIP. Our students certainly made the most of the opportunity to discuss politics with our guests.”

Ed Saunders, a politics student at the school, chaired the panel. He said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to chair a debate between the current Conservative MP and the Labour candidate.

“It was fascinating to hear both politicians responding to a wide range of questions from post-16 students and to see them interacting with a group of potential voters who they may not normally meet when canvassing.”

Mr Hopkins said: “I had a very enjoyable time and was particularly impressed by the quality of the questions from the floor, and the level of passion with which they were asked.”

Mr Grogan added: “I was delighted to take part. I can only hope that events like this will encourage students to use their votes at next year’s general election.”

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