MP Nick Herbert gets a grilling from Midhurst students


PETWORTH MP Nick Herbert spoke to Midhurst Rother College’s sixth form students as part of the college’s election programme when he visited the school.

Mr Herbert was invited by the sixth form director Richard Brimacombe to speak to students on Conservative politics, one of a series of talks from politicians.

The school is organising the election programme in the run-up to its own elections on Thursday May 7, the same day as the general and district council elections.

The head boy and head girl, Steyn Omen and Jen Welsman, welcomed Mr Herbert and were joined by more than 40 students who wanted to listen and ask questions.

Mr Herbert, who is about to embark on his third election campaign, spoke to the students about the values of the Conservative Party and its key principles, including nation, security, liberty and opportunity.

Students then had the opportunity to put questions covering topics on defence spending, austerity measures, the national minimum wage and green policies.

Mr Herbert said: “I was very pleased to have been invited to the college and to be able to explain my party’s values and policies.

“It is good to see young people engaging with the democratic process and I wish their candidates luck in their own hustings and elections on May 7.”

Mr Brimacombe said: “The school was delighted to receive Nick.

“His presentation will help to prepare our students for the general election.

“We see the series of presentations from MPs as a key tool in raising the students’ awareness of the political process.”