Local politicians answer students’ questions

Toby Perkins at Chesterfield College

In light of the recently announced general election, politicians from the Chesterfield constituency were invited into college last week to speak with our students and answer their questions in order to help them make a decision come Election Day on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The Students’ Union who organised the event, asked students from across college, including public services, A Levels and apprentices to join together to quiz Labour MP, Toby Perkins and Conservative candidate, Spencer Pitfield about issues that are important to them and the young people within our community.

Topics discussed included: Further Education funding, the Education Policy, mental health and employment opportunities within Chesterfield. Public Services student, Sashkia Bedder said: “I’m not very political but this discussion has really helped to open my eyes to both sides of the argument. It’s given me an understanding of how politics affects education and the local economy.

Spencer Pitfield at Chesterfield College

Sashkia who turns 18, four days after the general election said: “I’m absolutely gutted I won’t be able to vote this year, but having the opportunity to listen to both the Labour and Conservative parties has definitely inspired me to do more research so that I can make an informed decision when I’m actually able to vote.”

If you’re aged 18 or over, don’t forget to make your voiced heard by casting your vote on Thursday 8 June 2017.