Harleston pupils put Norfolk politicians through paces in Question Time

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A Harleston school witnessed the differing opinions of the five major political parties in England last month when it hosted a Question Time event which dug deep into today’s hot topics.

Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk, plus former parliamentary candidates Deborah Sacks of Labour, Jacky Howe of the Lib Dems and Catherine Rowett of the Greens, as well as UKIP’s Stuart Agnew, were grilled by Year 11 students at Archbishop Sancroft High School on Friday, September 18, in a format styled around the long-running BBC programme.

Martha Small, the school’s Head of Key Stage 4 English, said: “It was a wonderful experience for all involved and I’m so happy the students again had this amazing opportunity.

“Thank you to everybody involved in making it happen, but especially to Clive Attwood who was instrumental in the success of the event.”

Moderated by Councillor Eric Bird, the panel unanimously welcomed the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, into his role, but was split on the subject of whether Britain should leave the EU, and opinion was divided on immigration, with Ms Sacks and Ms Rowett emphasising the positive contributions of migrants, and Mr Bacon and Mr Agnew raising concerns about it not always being clear exactly who those arriving are.