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Sixth Form General Election

The General Election came a week early to Rook Heath as the Sixth Form took part in their own mock elections.

 The General Election came a week early to Rook Heath as the Sixth Form took part in their own mock elections. 171 Year 12s and 13s gathered in the hall during tutorial on 28th April to listen to speeches from 5 students, each representing one of the major parties in this year’s general election.

The candidates where: Abi – Conservative, Jemin – Labour, Roshan – Liberal Democrat, Lauren – Green Party and Sharrukin – Ukip.

Each delivered a 2 minute speech (some candidates where more prepared than others) to outline policy in key areas such as education, taxation and immigration and to sell their party to the assembled electorate. 

With the speeches complete the voting began. Ballot papers were issued to the crowd and ballot boxes placed along the front of the stage. After 10 minutes of frenzied counting by their tutors the Sixth Forms results were in. They were as follows:

 Conservative – 5

Labour – 15

Liberal Democrat – 46

Green Party – 77

UKIP – 18

Spoiled Papers – 10

Although this was a real land slide for the Greens and testament to Lauren’s speech preparation (and some might say popularity) it still was not a proper majority, only representing 45% of votes cast. A quick talk between the candidates and Mr Wright and the decision was made that the most democratic option to solve the hung parliament would be a Green/ Lib Dem coalition.

A quick comparison with the day’s national opinion polls showed a very different picture of how votes will be cast by the British public. Labour and the Conservatives having a much bigger percentage of the vote.

The Sixth Forms result seems unlikely to be replicated in the General Election but as they say, a week is a long time in politics!

Congratulations to the winning candidates.