Last Updated on : 12th June 2017

Three of Battersea’s political candidates for the general election vote on Thursday met for the first and only time on a shared hustings platform, on Monday 5th June.


Due to other hustings being cancelled due to terrorist-related moratoria, nearly 200 parents, staff and children from both Newton Prep and St George’s Church of England Primary were lucky enough to get the opportunity to meet Richard Davis, from the Lib Dems, Marsha de Cordova from Labour and Jane Ellison from the Conservatives, and listen to them setting out their manifestos and answering questions asked by both adults and children in the audience. It was an occasion that lived up to the school’s unofficial motto of ‘Bright children, exceptional opportunities’.  All three candidates engaged brilliantly with the mixed range of ages and political backgrounds and spoke movingly about their own childhood political inspirations.

image004“I really valued the hustings today,” commented one parent afterwards. “I come from a political family with a very definitive political colour stretching back at least three generations. For the first time ever I am a floating voter. The hustings helped enormously: well done for organising it, Newton Prep!”

“It was a fantastic opportunity for our children to see politics in the raw,” said Alison Fleming, Headmistress of Newton Prep. “The Debating Club, who posed the chosen questions to the candidates, were especially pleased when Jane Ellison came over to them at the end to tell them how impressed she was because they sat so patiently, listened so attentively and asked such interesting questions.”

“Our pupils were so chuffed to have been given such an opportunity – and proud to have contributed to the hustings process,” added Sarah Collymore, Headmistress of St George’s.




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