A General Election Hustings at Godalming College
The parliamentary candidates for South West Surrey came to College to hold a hustings organised and presented by Peter Hopwood, President of the Student Union.
Debating their manifestos where; Jeremy Hunt (Conservative), Paul Follows (Liberal Democrat) and a representative from the Labour party Toby Westcott-White who previously attended Godalming College as a student.
The Main Hall at College was packed with more than 300 students, most of whom will be casting their vote for the first time. Questions were asked by students and all candidates where given an opportunity to respond. They included, education funding the NHS, the environment and of course Brexit. Mental Health is a big concern for young people nationwide and one student spoke poignantly of loosing two friends to suicide and felt that the waiting lists for treatment and support were too long.
For the students it was a great opportunity to ask the questions that are meaningful to them and to see the candidates in person. All candidates stayed to discuss issues with students on a more informal basis and the debating carried on all afternoon around College as students discussed their opinions.
On Tuesday 10th December a hustings will be held with politics students taking the place of party candidates. A ballot will then be held where all students can vote, not just those over 18.