Our students take part in BBC Berkshire Breakfast Show live debate on general election

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Our students take part in BBC Berkshire Breakfast Show live debate on general election

23 May 2017

Andrew Peach interviewing Phillip Lee

We hosted the BBC Radio Berkshire Breakfast Show, with Andrew Peach this week. Our students took part in a live debate on the upcoming election, with candidates from four parties discussing their policies and answering questions from our students. We were the first to host the election special show in the constituency.

Students from across the college’s courses were invited to take part in the debate, with A Level Government and Politics students particularly interested.

Ben Hankin, a government and politics student said:

“I think the debate was a good idea. Between the candidates in Bracknell, I like Phillip Lee, he is a good MP, and he has been very good with the College. Although I was quite impressed with the Labour candidate, he was very honest.”

He stated that he has learnt the different stances on subjects that matter the most and he will be deciding between Labour and Conservative in the election.

Ben Pascoe, a government and politics student found the debate very interesting, he said the labour candidate seemed very personable and he thought that was a good quality in an MP.

Ben also added:

“I believe there seems to be a lot of consensus around the issues of cybercrime and I think it’s good that people know what they’re doing. 

It’s been useful because it’s been nice to hear the opinions from the horse’s mouth as it were, often it seems MP’s are sort of alien so it’s good to see them in person and get a discussion going about their viewpoint, it’s been very enlightening.”

Niamh Farrell, a government and politics student said:

“For me personally it was nice to meet my local candidates and you see stuff on the news about the leaders of the party and what’s happening broadly, I’ve only met Dr Phillip Lee before, I hadn’t met the other candidates so it was nice to see what was going on, on a more local level. I was quite impressed with the labour candidate so definitely a consideration.”

She also thought it was a good idea to hear what the candidates thought individually as people, rather than the party as a whole and what those individual people do for your specific area.

Millie Allwood-Rose, a government and politics student said that she was most impressed by labour. It was eye opening because on Facebook everyone is left wing so it was good to see the other side of the argument.

Jamie Culross, a government and politics student said:

“I think the debate was a good idea. I still want to vote Labour but I agree with some of the stuff Phillip Lee was saying. The labour candidate seemed like quite a nice person. It’s been useful to know how the parties are running and what the candidates are thinking.”

Alirida Shuga, a government and politics student commented:

“It gives an overall perspective to how the parties are going to react post brexit. I was impressed by Phillip Lee, the other candidates had some merits but Phillip Lee seemed to be more informed than the others, some of his answers I did not agree with his answers but they were better put than the other candidates.”

If you would like to know more about the courses that your College can offer you, take a look at the Bracknell & Wokingham College website and apply today! www.bracknell.ac.uk

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