Perse students go to the ballot box in mock General Election

With the country going to the polls in the General Election, Perse students cast their own votes in the school’s mock election.

Five student candidates were on the ballot paper representing the Conservatives, the Greens, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Reform UK.

Each candidate made a 90-second film, shown to all form groups, outlining why they should get their votes, besides putting up campaign posters along the external columns of the North Building.

In a final effort to win hearts and minds, they took part in a lively and informed debate in front of an audience of pupils in the Lecture Theatre.

The wide-ranging hustings covered topics such as the cost of affordable housing for young people, the cost of living, foreign policy, freedom of speech, taxation, social media and climate change.

There was a strong turnout for the mock election with 526 eligible ballot papers cast. At the results assembly, the Returning Officer, Head Ed Elliott, complimented the candidates on their rigorous preparations for the campaign and for “faithfully representing their party according to its values and policies.”

With 210 votes, Liberal Democrat candidate Enis Allajbeu (Lower Sixth) was declared the winner by Mr Elliott and ‘elected’ to represent The Perse ‘constituency’.

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