West Norfolk politicians go back to school for grilling

Springwood High School, King's Lynn
Sixth Form Question Time Debate 
The Panel LtoR, Alistair Beales (Conservatives), Michael DeWhalley (Green Party), George Pettitt (Director of Sixth Form at Springwood), Jo Rust (Labour), Richard Coward (Liberal Democrats), Toby Coke (UKIP). ANL-160324-174716009
Springwood High School, King's Lynn Sixth Form Question Time Debate The Panel LtoR, Alistair Beales (Conservatives), Michael DeWhalley (Green Party), George Pettitt (Director of Sixth Form at Springwood), Jo Rust (Labour), Richard Coward (Liberal Democrats), Toby Coke (UKIP). ANL-160324-174716009
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Councillors and campaigners from across West Norfolk’s political divide have been grilled by students from a Lynn school.

Representatives of all the area’s main parties took part in a Question Time-style debate in front of sixth formers at Springwood High School on Thursday afternoon.

Springwood High School, King's Lynn
Sixth Form students at the Question Time debate ANL-160324-174727009

Springwood High School, King's Lynn Sixth Form students at the Question Time debate ANL-160324-174727009

The panel included West Norfolk Council deputy leader Alistair Beales, representing the Conservatives, Richard Coward for the Liberal Democrats and Michael de Whalley of the Green Party.

The other panellists were Jo Rust, secretary of the North West Norfolk Constituency Labour Party and UKIP’s Toby Coke, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee.

The debate, which concluded with an election won by Mrs Rust, covered subjects including the proposed sugar tax, arts funding for schools and leading US presidential contender Donald Trump.

It was chaired by George Pettitt, the school’s sixth form director, who said students had asked for the debate following a similar session last year.

Springwood High School, King's Lynn
Sixth Form Question Time debate ANL-160324-174705009

Springwood High School, King's Lynn Sixth Form Question Time debate ANL-160324-174705009

He said: “It was great to see so many students joining in to the debate and being able to take part in an election.”

Mr Beales also praised the discussion in response to a question at the evening’s West Norfolk Council meeting.

He said: “It’s encouraging at this time, when politics is at a low ebb, that there was such interest. I thought it was a very positive event.”