Hustings Update and Election Results
Last Friday, RGS Worcester had the great privilege of hosting the 2019 General Election Hustings between local candidates for the Worcester constituency. Visiting the well-attended Performing Arts Centre were the Conservative candidate and current MP Robin Walker, Labour’s Lynn Denham, the Liberal Democrat Stephen Kearney, Louis Stephen representing the Green Party and the Independent candidate Martin Potter. It was a great opportunity for those already engaged in politics to explore further the issues surrounding the Election, but the event was also well suited for an introduction to the British political system.
The evening started with candidates’ opening statements, enthusing those in attendance and setting up what would be a lively debate. Chaired masterfully by Head Boy Alex Owen, the candidates were then asked a number of pre-prepared questions, which had been collated from a range of different views amongst Sixth Form students. The subjects of the youth’s position in politics and the NHS, sparked many interesting policy debates, especially focusing on the ways to engage young people, above and below the minimum voting age in British politics. This topic was particularly pertinent considering the school setting of the Hustings.
In the second half of the debate, shorter questions were taken from the floor, with our students unafraid to ask hard-hitting questions, engaging with our local politicians and discussing the political issues of the day. A wide variety of themes were discussed by all the candidates, ranging from the environment to issues surrounding the legitimacy of UK democracy. Perhaps inevitably, the event concluded on the topic which had started such a lively and wide-reaching discussion: a question on Brexit, which was answered with passion by all five candidates.
We would like to thank Lynn Denham, Stephen Kearney, Louis Stephen, Martin Potter and Robin Walker for their attendance and willingness to engage with all questions posed to them by the students, and thank the School for organising and facilitating such a useful evening.
Written by Nick Fearon and Isaac Baker (Upper Sixth)
And the results are in…
Alex Owen, Head Boy, announced the results of our Election in the School assemblies today. There was a voting turnout of 95%. The results for each Year Group are as follows:
Year Seven Congratulations to Joseph Kington of the Conservatives in Second Place.
Sorrel Coxcoon of the Liberal Democrats has been elected by Year Seven.
Year Eight Congratulations to Charlotte Lamb of the Lib Dems in Second Place.
Marcus Banks of the Conservative Party has been elected by Year Eight.
Year Nine Congratulations to Georgia Lee of the Lib Dems in Second Place.
Jose Round of the Conservative Party has been elected by Year Nine.
Year Ten Congratulations to Tobey Butler of the Conservatives in Second Place.
Alex Houchin of the Liberal Democrats has been elected by Year Ten.
Year Eleven Congratulations to Kasia Czyrko of the Lib Dems in Second Place.
James Preece of the Conservative Party has been elected by Year Eleven.
Lower Sixth Congratulations to Tess Rabjohn of the Green Party in Second Place.
Malachy Larkin and Harry Lord of the Conservative Party have been elected by the Lower Sixth.
Upper Sixth Congratulations to Ellie Greenwood of the Lib Dems in Second Place.
James Reynolds of the Conservative Party has been elected by the Upper Sixth.
As a result, RGS Worcester has elected a Conservative government with an official opposition from the Liberal Democrats.
Thank you to everyone for taking part.