On Friday 13 May, more than 300 staff and students at OSFC were treated to an exciting EU debate featuring special guest speakers, Edwina Currie and Graham Stringer, MP. The one hour event, which took place in our Learning Resource Centre, The Know, was a fantastic opportunity for our students and staff to learn more, from those with government experience, about the possible impact on the UK of our historic referendum on EU membership. The country heads to the polls on Thursday 23 June.
Edwina Currie, making the case for ‘remain’, was Conservative MP for South Derbyshire between 1983 and 1997. She was also a member of the government between 1986 and 1988, and remains a prominent public figure. Graham Stringer, making the case for ‘leave’, is Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, having been elected in 1997. He was a member of the last Labour government and currently sits on the European Scrutiny Select Committee. Before entering Parliament, he was the leader of Manchester Council between 1984 and 1996.
Each speaker was given 10 minutes to present their case, with the College’s Deputy Principal, Peter Roberts, chairing proceedings. A question and answer session followed and featured a number of excellent questions from students, enabling the speakers to offer their thoughts on some of the key issues that mattered most to OSFC students.
In their closing remarks, both speakers made passionate pleas to the audience, who were left with much to consider. The event started and concluded with a ‘show of hands’, providing an insight into how students and staff might vote on Thursday 23 June, should they be eligible.
If you are 18 or over and are eligible to vote in the UK’s referendum on its EU membership, we advise you register now. You can find out how to register, and more information on this important vote, by visiting https://www.eureferendum.gov.uk/ . The deadline to register is the 7th June.