Borders College

College students and staff ‘Meet the Candidates’

With the General Election fast approaching, Borders College Students’ Association decided to get involved by holding a Hustings in the Student Refectory, giving students and staff the opportunity to put their questions forward to their party representatives.

Four local party candidates, Calum Kerr (SNP), Ian Davidson (Labour), Jenny Marr (Lib-Dem) and John Lamont (Conservative) were invited along to talk part in the event, which was chaired by Student President Ann Letham.

Round one saw the candidates taking part in the ‘Quickfire Question and Answer’ session, which gave them just 15 seconds to put forward their answers.

'Who’s Manifesto is it Anyway’ was round two’s session, and saw Ann reading out quotes from each of their manifestos, with the party representatives having to work out which manifesto these came from, using a buzzer system to answer the questions.

Round three saw the candidates involved in the ‘Steps to Westminster’ session, where they each had to give their answers, with the best one voted for by the students and staff through an online voting system.

The good natured and fun event saw the representatives tackle questions on Brexit, the minimum wage, climate change and equality, ahead of the December election, with all giving a final closing 90 second statement.

Ann Letham commented:

“Having the candidates visit the College was great and encourages the students to engage in the political side of things. I believe that it’s important for the student voice to be heard. Meeting the party representatives and seeing what they are like as people, as opposed to politicians, is also important. Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the session and we would like to thank everyone who took part.”

Students completed an online pole to finish off the event. Borders College would like to thank all the candidates for giving up time in their busy schedules and coming along to the College.

Published: Thu 5th Dec, 2019