Friday, 7 February 2014

Q&A at my old school - St Christopher's High School

I was at St. Christopher's School Sixth Form Centre this afternoon for a Question Time event organised by Hyndburn Borough Council. The event was opened by Cllr Judith Addison, the Mayor of Hyndburn who spoke about the Accrington Pals and those who made a sacrifice for the borough and our home town.

The panel included Miles Parkinson, leader of the council; Dave Parkins, Independent Cllr for Huncoat and Peter Britcliffe and Marlene Howarth the Conservative Party leadership in Hyndburn. The event was chaired by the school's Headteacher, Mr. Jones and the questions came from the A-level students.

The questions ranged from why I was a Labour politician, what do politicians actually do, is coalition a better form of government, should the UK constitution be changed, was Russell Brand correct to suggest that young people shouldn't vote and why should students want to stay in Lancashire after their education.

I always enjoy taking part in these events and I'd like to thank the school and the council for organising the event. We have bright and intelligent young people in the area and I'm proud to represent them and hear their views.