North Walsham students cast their votes in mock hustings

North Walsham High School General Election mock hustings with students from Paston Sixth Form Colleg

North Walsham High School General Election mock hustings with students from Paston Sixth Form College who are playing the election candidates pictured from left Callum Robb (Con), Jasper Haywood (Lab), Josh Duckmanton (UKIP), Katie Newman (Lib Dem) and Martha Crass (Green Party) to year 7 and 10 pupils at the High School. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

While results for the General Election are not due until next week, students at a north Norfolk high school have already cast their vote.

North Walsham High School General Election mock hustings with students from Paston Sixth Form Colleg

North Walsham High School General Election mock hustings with students from Paston Sixth Form College who are playing the election candidates pictured from left Callum Robb (Con), Jasper Haywood (Lab), Josh Duckmanton (UKIP), Katie Newman (Lib Dem) and Martha Crass (Green Party) to year 7 and 10 pupils at the High School. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A mock hustings at North Walsham High School yesterday saw five students from Paston Sixth Form College represent the five parties, while the younger students picked who to support in a secret ballot held in the school's auditorium.

Fringe parties were the successes in the vote, with the Green Party coming first with 186 votes and UKIP coming in second with 153.

Suzie Sharp, events and communications manager at the high school, said it was important students understood about their right to vote.

She added: 'The students have really listened hard and taken it quite seriously.


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'They got to experience what elections were like.'

The parties were represented by Paston students Callum Rob, Jasper Haywood, Josh Duckmantom, Katie Newman and Martha Crass.

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When the votes were counted, Conservatives won 54 votes, Labour 48 and Liberal Democrats 32.

Each candidate, students who are studying politics at Paston, had five minutes to give a summary of their party's policies, and then answered questions from high school students.

Questions ranged from what they would do if the country went to war, and views on immigration.

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