Countdown to the General Election at OSFC
In the run up to the General Election, OSFC have planned a series of events to raise political awareness and support our students in making informed decisions. For many of our students this will be their first election as voters and their first chance to have their say.
Following voter registration events earlier in November, OSFC recently hosted 2 Hustings. Approximately 120 staff and students, including AS and A Level Politics students, attended each event. OSFC were joined by candidates from the Oldham West and Royton constituency for the first Hustings on Friday 22 November; Jim McMahon (Labour), Sam Al-Hamdani (Liberal Democrat on behalf Garth Harkness) and Dan Jerome (Green).
On Friday 29 November we were joined by Oldham East and Saddleworth candidates; Debbie Abrahams (Labour), Tom Lord (Conservative), Sam Al-Hamdani (Liberal Democrat) and Wendy Olsen (Green Party). Each event opened with a 3 minute speech from each candidate about their party policies and political intentions, before the audience were invited to ask their questions. Candidates were offered 2 minutes to respond to each question. Student participation at both events surpassed expectations with many thought provoking questions being put to the candidates.
Themes throughout both Hustings included homelessness, local public transport concerns, mental health and NHS cuts, nuclear energy, knife crime and of course, Brexit. Controversially, one student asked candidates which of the other parties they would vote for in an election. Each candidate answered honestly, highlighting the similarities and contrasts between the party policies and values.
We are looking forward to welcoming Kier Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and James Cleverly, Co-Chair of the Conservative Party on Thursday 5 December.
Friday 22 November
Friday 29 November