With just over two weeks to go until the General Election, Oldham Sixth Form College has been supporting first time voters to get registered and make an informed decision on June 8th.
With support from Unite, The People’s History Museum and the Oldham Youth Council, 140 more students have now registered to vote, just in time for tonight’s deadline. Students also had the opportunity to ask local candidates about the issues concerning them at today’s General Election hustings. The hustings was a resounding success, with over 200 students attending. Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams, Conservative candidate Kashif Ali, Green Party candidate Adam King and Liberal Democrat candidate Jonathan Smith, had the opportunity to speak to students informally, before they answered questions and debated policies in OSFC’s Large Lecture Theatre. Students questioned the candidates on key issues, including university tuition fees, social care, mental health and funding for education.
Deputy Principal, Peter Roberts, said:
“The timing for this debate was crucial as we wanted it to coincide with the last day for voter registration. We held the registration drive last Thursday and on the day of the debate, to ensure that students had plenty of opportunity to sign up. We are delighted that 140 more students are now registered to vote, and over 200 attended the hustings today. I would like to thank the four party candidates that attended, recognising the importance of the youth vote. A major priority for us as a college is to ensure that our students are able to participate in the democratic process as informed proactive citizens.”