South Cambridgeshire parliamentary candidates put through paces by Bassingbourn students in general election hustings

Marion Mason, UKIP, Ken Murphy, Chair of Governors, Eleanor Daws, Simon Saggers, Green, Heidi Allen,

Marion Mason, UKIP, Ken Murphy, Chair of Governors, Eleanor Daws, Simon Saggers, Green, Heidi Allen, Conservative, Sebastian Kindersley, Liberal Democrat, Duncan Cooper, Headteacher and Cameron Denchfield - Credit: Archant

General election day came early to Bassingbourn Village College last week when five candidates were grilled by students.

Conservative candidate Heidi Allen

Conservative candidate Heidi Allen - Credit: Archant

Prospective Conservative, Liberal Democrat, UKIP and Green Party candidates who will be contesting the South Cambridgeshire seat in May’s general election took part in a Question Time-style debate with 14, 15 and 16-year-old pupils putting them on the spot.

After a good grilling, Green Party candidate Simon Saggers was declared the winner ‘by a small margin’.

Headteacher Duncan Cooper said: “We do our very best to offer a great academic education here and I am proud of the achievements of our students and staff in that regard.

“We’ve recently enjoyed the best results in the school’s history, but education is about more than results. We aim to support our students in being great citizens and understanding the world outside school.”

Green Party candidate Simon Saggers

Green Party candidate Simon Saggers - Credit: Archant


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Conservative candidate Heidi Allen said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Bassingbourn Village College.

“The students are setting the standards for education. Keep up the good work.”

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Labour candidate Dan Greef was unable to attend.

Liberal Democrat candidate Sebastian Kindersley

Liberal Democrat candidate Sebastian Kindersley - Credit: Archant

UKIP Marion Mason.

UKIP Marion Mason. - Credit: Archant

Students Natalie Thompson and Georgina Morris.

Students Natalie Thompson and Georgina Morris. - Credit: Archant

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