Chichester University students get set to grill parliamentary candidates

Lizi Mutter, front, and  students from the Universty of Chichester
Lizi Mutter, front, and students from the Universty of Chichester

STUDENTS are set to grill candidates in the run-up to the elections.

The University of Chichester’s Department of History and Politics and the Student’s Union are presenting the General Election Debate on Tuesday, April 21 from 6pm-7.30pm.

The debate will take place in the Mitre Lecture Theatre on the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester.

Parliamentary candidates Mark Farwell (Labour), Gillian Keegan (Conservative), Andrew Moncrieff (UKIP), Jasper Richmond (Green Party) and Andrew Smith (Lib Dem), will be at the event, answering questions put to them.

The evening will be hosted by politics lecturer Oliver Daddow.

Students invited the local candidates for the five main parties and all will be in attendance except Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie, who is sending Gillian Keegan in his place.

We thought it might be harder than it has been to get people interested and we’ve found a lot of students are already registered and a lot wanted to know more about the parties

Student Union Vice-president Lizi Mutter said: “The evening will open with each candidate giving a speech.

“We will then take questions from the audience in a sort of Question Time format.

“We’re planning on the event taking about one and a half hours.

“The candidates and audience will then be invited to go to the Students’ Union bar for drinks and a better opportunity to meet the candidates and have a chat.

“We’ve hired students to be election ambassadors and they’ve been going around with tablets, registering people to vote and showing them how to register.

“They’ve already spoken to between 300 and 400 people and it’s information like students being able to register at two addresses that people don’t always know.

“I am 22 and it’s the first time I will be able to vote so most students won’t have had a reason to take an interest before.

“We thought it might be harder than it has been to get people interested and we’ve found a lot of students are already registered and a lot wanted to know more about the parties.

“It’s encouraging because it’s important students leave university feeling part of the political system.”

To apply for a free ticket, which are issued on a first come first served basis, email Lizi at suvpresident@chi.ac.uk by April 13.

Email your name, year of study, course and any questions you would like to put to the candidates.