Politicians face grilling in school 'question time' at Epsom College

Epsom College hosted the event which was attended by Epsom and Ewell councillors and Chris Grayling MP

Epsom College hosted the event which was attended by Epsom and Ewell councillors and Chris Grayling MP

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Epsom

Boris Johnson chances of becoming PM, political correctness, and a plan B for the economy were just some of the topics fired at politicians during a question-and-answer-session at Epsom College.

The school, on College Road, Epsom, hosted the event which saw the new Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, and Epsom and Ewell councillors - Lib Dem Anna Jones, Labour's Dan Stevens, and Residents’ Association councillor Neil Dallen - grilled by more than one hundred students, teachers and parents.

The questions put to the panel included extradition, which candidate they would back in the American presidential election in November, lowering the voting age, arming the police and longer fixed terms between general elections.

The panel did not support making cannabis legal, a lively discussion took place on the Chancellor's plan A for the economy compared to Ed Balls' plan B, and a question on whether political correctness had gone far enough produced a heated response from Coun Jones, who highlighted the inequalities women still face today.

The panel called on women in the audience to take up the challenge of changing the workplace, with Mr Grayling urging them to consider becoming lawyers and politicians to redress the balance of under-representation.

The session ended with a ringing endorsement of the monarchy from the panel.

Other schools attending the evening were Sutton High, Rosebery, Nonsuch, St John's and Caterham.

Former College master Toby Cooper, who is now head of politics at Caterham School, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for all pupils to experience a political forum and a privilege to be able to question a government minister first-hand.

"It was also useful for our students to meet others studying politics."

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