King's Politics holds "Question Time at King's"

King's Politics debate

Newly-formed student society King's Politics has launched its first set of events, called "Question Time at King's".

The first event was on Monday, and was a debate in 'Question Time' format about the European Elections. Students posed questions to candidates from all the major parties: Rupert Read (Green Party), Tom Hunt (Conservative), Sandy Martin (Labour), Mark Hughes (UKIP) and Andrew Duff (Liberal Democrats).

Topics ranged from Britain's relationship with the EU to refugee policy, and the debate turned heated quickly, with both UKIP and the Greens accusing each other of acting in a 'fascist' manner.

King's Politics debate - audience listening

As well as ensuring the debates are determined by the concerns of students, King's Politics hopes to provide opportunities for informal political discussion, and so after the debate the candidates and audience stayed on in the bar to talk further. There was a good attendance at the debate, with at least 60 filling up Keynes Hall.

The second event takes place this Friday at 7pm in the Keynes Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend. This time it is the City Council elections being debated, and candidates speaking will be from Newnham Ward (where King's students are residents): Sam Wolfe (Lab) and Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem).

Also present will be Nick Clarke (Conservative, former leader of County Council), Matt Hodgkinson (Green, Petersfield Ward) and Anthony Carpen (independent, Coleridge Ward). This debate will follow the same format as Monday's hustings, with drinks provided after the event. See the Facebook page for details.

It is King's Politics' mission to create a lively hub of debate within the university community, and so help students to make an informed choice in one of the most fiercely contested set of elections in many years.

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15 May 2014