2 April 2017
Last Friday, students from Dudley College quizzed representatives from Dudley's 5 major parties at 'Dudley Live Politics' - a 'Question Time' style event hosted in the Dudley Council chamber. College students and pupils from local schools put questions to the panel on a range of subjects.
Students voted on who they thought gave the best answers at the end of the session.
Green Party campaigner Andi Mohr upset the odds by winning the most votes on the 3 formal questions, ahead of Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley North, Cllr Dean Perks of UKIP, Cllr Patrick Harley of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrat Ryan Priest. New Style FM's Charmaine Burton, host of the 'Different Anglez' show, chaired the event.
Andi Mohr said "It's great talking politics with young people - they have a different perspective and come up with great questions. I was pleased to be able to articulate some of the concerns shared by young people, particularly around the pressure they're under in the conveyer-belt education system and how that can really have an impact on their mental health. Sadly, we're seeing mental health problems rising in the young."
"Let's hope these students hold onto their interest in politics - unfortunately recent changes to voter registration seem designed to discourage them from registering and making their voices heard."
- photos used with permission, copyright Luke Atkiss.