Students at Bilborough College take part in mock election

Students at Bilborough College exercised their right to vote after hearing from four political party candidates during a mock election.

The event was organised in a bid to encourage the 606 students who are eligible to vote to register in time for the upcoming election.

Candidates from the Lib Dems, Conservatives, Labour and the Green Party each delivered a five-minute speech to students before taking questions.

Students then cast their votes using real ballot boxes and voting booths and the overall winner was the Labour Party with 72 per cent of the votes. The Conservatives secured 13 per cent of the vote, the Green Party eight per cent and the Lib Dems seven per cent.

The mock election was organised by Lisa Judson, Bilborough College events co-ordinator.

She said: “As a Sixth Form College with over 1,600 students, 606 of whom are actually eligible to vote on June 8 2017, we were pleased to have been approached by a local Labour Party candidate who offered to come into college to encourage our students to register to vote in the upcoming election.

“After chatting with a variety of students, it became clear that many of them were not registered to vote and didn’t see the point in doing so.

“We decided to extend this process into our own mock election and invited representatives from four parties into college to not only encourage our students to vote, but also to hear what each party stood for and what they’d be voting for.

“I was blown away by not just the students’ eloquence and passion in questioning the parties but also in their attentive and respectful listening to what they all had to say.

“Our aim was to raise our students’ awareness of what each of the political parties stand for and knowledge of what the voting process entails, encouraging them to register to be able to vote and help them develop the confidence to go on and exercise this franchise on 8th June.”