Election Debate

Election Debate

Candidates answer sixth formers' burning questions


Two parliamentary candidates for North East Derbyshire spoke to Tupton Hall Sixth Form students about the issues that concern them ahead of the upcoming general election.

Natasha Engel (Labour) and Lee Rowley (Conservative) answered some tough questions from the student audience, many of whom will be eligible to vote on 8 June.

The event was streamed live on the school's Twitter feed, scroll down to watch it again. Topics included Brexit, fracking, school funding, university fees, grammar schools, corporation tax and manifesto costings.

Hear the candidates' responses to the following questions:

A shale company has applied for planning permission for drilling on land in our constituency. Given that Theresa May has gone on record supporting fracking, what would your message be to the people of Marsh Lane in Eckington who are strongly opposed to this process? 

I'm a firm believer in low corporation tax so that our contry can continue to attract business, increase jobs and keep our economy growing. With EU negotiations about to start, and great uncertainty on the horizon, is it economically irresponsible to raise corporation tax to 26%?

There's a marked absence of costings in the Conservative's manifesto. It appears arrogant to lack justification and strategy for promises that are being made. Don't you both have a duty to outline the costs involved in your pledges?

The government plan to cut enormous sums from per-pupil funding affecting 99% of schools in England. This means fewer teachers, larger classes and fewer subject choices. We need to send an MP to Westminster who will commit to reversing funding cuts and allocate real increases in funding to schools or the crisis in education will worsen. Where do you both stand on this issue?

How will you make Brexit a success for North East Derbyshire?

There is empirical evidence from an endless amount of sociological research disproving Theresa May's theory that grammar schools will increase meritocracy in the education system, rather creating a bigger class divide. Considering our predominantly working class area, where do you stand on the gramma schools proposal?

Many of us sat here will have accepted our university offers and applied for student finance. Can you assure those of us who are worried about student debt, that it won't be an impediment in our lives after university?