Seaford College students wade into election debates

The Seaford College election debate - L-R Christian Disley-May, Chloe Gooding, Hugo Dean, Matthew Scott, Lucas Streeter, Ouli Jagne, Michael Laird
The Seaford College election debate - L-R Christian Disley-May, Chloe Gooding, Hugo Dean, Matthew Scott, Lucas Streeter, Ouli Jagne, Michael Laird
  • As election fever hits the area young people air their views
  • Seaford College held a mock election
  • Issues raised include NHS, education and housing

SIXTH-form students at Seaford College are challenging the notion that today’s youth are uninterested in politics.

The format was the brainchild of Tony Phillips, who teaches history, politics and law at Seaford.

Mr Phillips said: “For these students, it is the first time they will have the opportunity to vote and they are very excited.

“It is really interesting listening to young people and hearing the issues that are important to them, with only weeks to go all parties still have time to attract this key group of voters.

“Our students are discussing very diverse issues in the run-up to the election.”

Sixth-form students voiced their opinions on the issues important to them.

Michael Laird said: “I believe we need to take charge of our deficit issue and focus our economic strategy on controlling the size of the deficit. I also think a stronger and more efficient NHS system is required, because we keep adding to the cost of it, and no real change is happening.”

Hugo Dean said: “The main issue for the youth of today is the disassociation with the current mainstream parties. When young people come to vote, none of the parties represent what we are feeling about. I think this is represented by the poor turnout in the youth section of election voters.”

Chloe Gooding said: “I am most passionate about the issue of gender stereotypes that not only prevent men and women from getting the jobs they want, but from people being able to express themselves in the way they want to.”

Christian Disley-May said: “As a young person going on to university, I’d say housing prices are quite an important issue.

As a young person going on to university, I’d say housing prices are quite an important issue

“When students come out of university with a large debt to pay off, after fees that have been put up over the years, they’ve got to find somewhere to live.

“They move to London, where the work is and where the property prices are highest, and it’s going to be really hard for them to get on the property ladder.”