Uckfield College will hold it annual political debate and mock election this Friday.
Candidates for the Mock Election
The candidates agreeing to take part this year and be elected the representative of the 6th form students at Uckfield College are:
Angela Airlie will be representing Labour in the debate for a third time this year; she was the parliamentary candidate for the Wealden constituency in the 2017 general election; she is the current Labour party chairwoman for this constituency;
The Conservatives’ Roy Galley, who is county and district councillor, and was MP between 1983 and 1987, standing in for Nus Ghani our local Wealden MP who cannot attend this year’s debate; this will be Roy’s second time at our debate and mock election;
Chris Bowers (Liberal democrat) who hopes to retain the Uckfield College 6th form ‘seat’; he was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Brighton Pavilion in the general election 2015 and in our own Wealden constituency in 2017 and 2010 when Chris came second behind then-MP Charles Hendry (Conservatives);
Finally the Green’s representative Colin Stock, who is returning again after his appearance in the 2011 mock election.
As in previous years, our students will be asking a range of question on often controversial issues and will have the opportunity to respond to and take position on the responses given by the candidates.
Likely questions range from the Conservative party’s involvement in the housing crisis to youth suicide becoming a national emergency.
In addition to electing an Uckfield College representative from among the four candidates, Politics students have also chosen the referendum question to be put to the student audience as a whole:
“Should grammar schools in England be phased out?”
Last year’s question on whether the UK should renew the nuclear Trident missile system got 41% in favour of renewal and 49% in favour of abolishment.
At the end of the event, all 6th form students are asked to cast their ballot. Votes are counted on the basis of the Alternative voting electoral system, a system chosen by the 6th former’s in a referendum in 2011.
What will the result of this year’s vote be? Will the Liberal Democrats retain the Uckfield College 6th form seat?
In 2018 Chris Bowers (Liberal Democrat) was elected securing 43% of the students votes, taking over from the Green representative who has secured the position in 2016 and 2017.