Question Time at Cheadle Hulme School
The NHS, the pros and cons of coalition government and what Westminster can do for young people were some of the hot topics debated at Cheadle Hulme School’s General Election Question Time.
A selection of the prospective parliamentary candidates standing in the Cheadle constituency in the forthcoming election took questions from a hall filled with over 150 students, parents, staff and Old Waconians (former pupils).
Mark Hunter (Liberal Democrat), Martin Miller (Labour), Mary Robinson (Conservative), Shaun Hopkins (UKIP) and Old Waconian, Drew Carswell (Above and Beyond) were challenged with questions such as “What’s wrong with a coalition?”, “Doesn’t increased spending in the NHS treat the symptoms not the cause?” and “Is the economy booming?”
Amongst the passionate political debate came the evening’s most stirring moment when Old Waconian, Sam Watson criticised Labour’s handling of the financial crisis and proclaimed, “We can’t trust any of you!” to applause from the room. The Labour candidate’s response that Sam was “wrong” provoked further reaction from the audience, resulting in a tense exchange.
Head of History and Politics, Mr Nick Axon who chaired the event said: “This was an excellent opportunity for our students, many of whom are voting for the first time, to engage directly with the local candidates. It also offered parents the chance to air their own views and challenge those who will potentially represent them in Westminster.
“I’m really grateful to all the candidates for giving their time and to the audience, who provided some very testing questions for the panel.”