James Cleverly and Sir Keir Starmer visit OSFC
On Thursday 5 December, with the General Election only a week away, OSFC were delighted to welcome two renowned politicians, James Cleverly, Co-chairman of the Conservative Party, and Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit. The politicians each spent an hour at the college, presenting to students and participating in a question and answer session, highlighting the clear importance of the youth vote to the two main parties in this election.
James Cleverly visited first, alongside Tom Lord, Conservative candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth. Cleverly reiterated to students the importance of democracy, encouraging all those over 18 to vote in the coming election.
Sir Keir Starmer was joined during his visit by local Labour candidates Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) and Jim McMahon (Oldham West and Royton). It was Keir Starmer’s 4th visit to Oldham and he was delighted to be visiting the town again, “the community in Oldham is so uplifting. It has been fantastic to have such open and direct questions from 16-18 year olds. It is very important that young people have a voice and that they are listened to.”
OSFC Politics students relished the opportunity to ask questions about topics that they were clearly passionate about during both visits. Issues raised and discussed were LGBTQ education in schools, the NHS, homelessness, social housing, education and increasing corporation tax.
OSFC would like to thank both James Cleverly and Keir Starmer for their visit and for inspiring students to further their political understanding and exercise their right to vote in their first General Election.