Somerset College Hosts Successful Student Hustings Event

Taunton Deane ‘s General Election candidates attended a student Hustings event at Somerset College today (23rd April) and faced some tough questions on education policy from students and staff. 

In her introduction, Rachel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive of Somerset College urged students to ‘exercise your right to take part in democracy and take your individual vote seriously.’

The candidates, Jeremy Browne MP,  Martin Jevon, Labour, Tony McIntyre, UKIP and Julie Girling , MEP (who was standing in for Mark Formosa whose mother is currently ill) gave a short presentation on the topic:

"What is your policy to ensure that students leave their current tier of education with the right skills sets to succeed, and make a positive contribution to the local community in the future" 

The event was ably Chaired by Tim Yeandle, Director of Student Services who fielded questions from the floor on issues such as top up tuition fees; a University for Somerset; the impact of poverty and social background on access to education, and how they might fund their manifesto plans for education.

 All four candidates stated that equality of opportunity and choice in education is essential and that Somerset students should have access to local Higher Education opportunities.

ENDS

 

The photograph shows from left to right:

Tony McIntyre, UKIP, Martin Jevon, Labour,  Julie Girling MEP, Conservative, Jeremy Browne MP, Liberal Democrat, Tim Yeandle, Director of Student Services and Marketing, with the students and staff.