RNC students grill Hereford’s parliamentary candidates

The candidates are sitting in a semi-circle on the stage; left to right; Nigel Ely (UKIP), Diana Toynbee (Green Party), Alastair Glover (former RNC governor), Anna Coda (Labour), Jesse Norman (Conservative) and Jeanie Falconer standing in for Lucy Hurds (Liberal Democrats).

Well done to RNC student Josh Robbins for organising a very successful pre-election hustings event with the parliamentary candidates of Herefordshire. The event took place on Friday 20 March in the RNC Chapel Arts and Media centre with an audience including students, staff and members of the public from across the county.

 

Josh stood up in front of the live audience and introduced the political debate, which was chaired by former RNC Governor Alastair Glover. In attendance were Nigel Ely (UKIP), Diana Toynbee (Green Party), Anna Coda (Labour), Jesse Norman (Conservative) and Jeanie Falconer standing in for Lucy Hurds (Liberal Democrats). RNC students were invited to ask the questions that mattered most to them and these included;

 

Question 1: “Two thirds of people with visual impairment are not in employment – what are your policies on helping reduce this number and help people with disabilities get into work?”

 

Question 2: “Should the UK withdraw from the European convention of Human Rights?”

 

Question 3: “The working class continue to underachieve in education – are there any ways your party are looking at addressing this?”

 

Question 4: “Can you further explain your policies on helping man-made climate change?”

 

The parliamentary candidates engaged in a spirited debate, detailing their stance on the different areas and all highly commended Josh, thanking him for organising such a great event. “I was amazed and utterly impressed by the incisive questioning and responses from our students” commented RNC teacher Cara Tivey.

 

Josh planned the event as part of his A Level Extended Project and said “I was so nervous before the night. I’ve presented open mic nights at the Chapel before but this was completely different; it was a much more serious affair! I absolutely loved it, there was such a great atmosphere. It was a real team effort and the event would not have been possible without the support of RNC staff and fellow students.” On the night, RNC students were in charge of sound, lighting and filming as well as welcoming guests and serving drinks at the bar before the event.

 

View more photos from the hustings event in our Facebook gallery

 

If you’re interested in hosting an event in Hereford then why not speak to the staff and students at the Chapel Arts and Media Centre on Venns Lane – you can call them for an informal chat on 01432 376 621.

 

Don’t forget – in order for your vote to be counted in the May election you need to register to vote before 20 April 2015. You can do this by visiting the government website; www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

If you are interested in studying at RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk

 

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC