King’s Lynn students grill candidates at election hustings

Parlimentary candidates are grilled by students at Springwood High School. ANL-150329-211529009
Parlimentary candidates are grilled by students at Springwood High School. ANL-150329-211529009
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Ahead of the official start of general election campaigning yesterday, Lynn’s would-be MPs faced a grilling from students of one of the town’s secondary schools on Friday afternoon.

Sixth formers at the Springwood High School, some of whom will be voting themselves for the first time on May 7, fired questions at the five contenders who are so far known to be contesting the North West Norfolk constituency.

The debate, which included Conservative candidate Henry Bellingham, Labour’s Jo Rust, UKIP’s Toby Coke, Liberal Democrat Hugh Lanham and the Green Party’s Michael de Whalley, was chaired by George Pettit, the school’s director of sixth form.

And, in a vote at the end, more than half of the audience gave their backing to Mrs Rust.

She said it was a “clear demonstration the young people of West Norfolk want something different.” MLNF15PT03023