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General election candidate visits pupils at West Norfolk primary school




A West Norfolk election candidate has been back to school to get a grilling from "passionate" pupils.

Labour’s Jo Rust met youngsters at the Dersingham VA Primary School on Wednesday, ahead of the General Election on December 12.

Mrs Rust tweeted: “What an absolutely amazing bunch of students. Credit to their school and families. Thank you for having me Dersingham VA Primary School.”

Jo Rust, Labour General Election Candidate for the North West Norfolk constituency, with pupils from Dersingham Primary School, along with (left) Jane Kendal, Early Years Lead, at the school
Jo Rust, Labour General Election Candidate for the North West Norfolk constituency, with pupils from Dersingham Primary School, along with (left) Jane Kendal, Early Years Lead, at the school

Jane Kendal, Early Years Lead at the school, said Mrs Rust was at the school for nearly two-hours with some pupils skipping their break-time so they could ask more questions.

The children were described as being "passionate" and took a clear interest in what Mrs Rust had to say to them.

Mrs Rust was the first of the North West Norfolk parliamentary candidates to respond to an invite, but the school hopes to invite all four before the election.

Jo Rust The Labour General Election Candidate for the North West Norfolk Constituency, with pupils from Dersingham Primary School, along with (right) Jane Kendal (Early Years Lead) at the school.... (22100203)
Jo Rust The Labour General Election Candidate for the North West Norfolk Constituency, with pupils from Dersingham Primary School, along with (right) Jane Kendal (Early Years Lead) at the school.... (22100203)

Mrs Kendal said: "We wanted the children to have a great understanding of the General Election and democracy. Jo spoke about bias and her perspective on the General Election, saying she was representing Labour.

"Some children missed their breaks to speak to her further and there were lots of follow-up questions. They clearly had an understanding of political issues."

The environment and NHS were among the many questions prepared by pupils to ask Mrs Rust.

Rob Colwell of the Liberal Democrats, Michael de Whalley of the Green Party and Conservative candidate James Wild have all been approached by the school with a view to further election events.


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