Hustings at QE

Very well done to Archie and Ben in year 12 who organised an entertaining and informative hustings event in school today in front of an audience comprising all year 12 students and school council representatives from Hexham Middle and St Joseph’s Middle. Five prospective parliamentary candidates for the Tynedale and Ponteland constituency took part, each beginning with a short introduction to themselves, why they were standing and why they believed they were the most suitable candidate. Thereafter, Mr Hedley, who was compering the event, invited questions from the floor which had been prepared in advance. Each candidate answered in turn before a series of candidate-specific questions were asked. Ben ensured good order by diligently ringing a bell when the allotted answering-time was reached. The attentive audience remained appropriately respectful towards all candidates throughout and gave them a resounding and well-deserved round of applause at the end. A huge thank you to each participant – William Clouston: Social Democratic Party, Nick Cott: Liberal Democrats, Nick Morphet: Green Party, Joe Morris: Labour, Guy Opperman: Conservative and best wishes to all come the election.