Claremont Fan Court School hosted its first question time on Monday 18 November, welcoming candidates Dominic Raab (Conservative), Monica Harding (Liberal Democrat) and Peter Ashurst (Labour) to a lively meeting in which over 150 pupils had the opportunity to ask the prospective MPs about how they would manage the environment, street crime, education and health challenges of the future.
It was an engaging and energising experience for our pupils, helping them to form a deeper understanding of party policies and greater sympathies for opposing political arguments.
Headmaster, William Brierly, thanked the guests for being brave enough to stand as candidates in such a challenging political climate. The candidates had a chance also to enjoy a tour of the site and hear about the school’s new and exciting community partnership programme.
The school will be running its own mock election next month – Claremont Decides – and this provided a brilliant introduction to the forthcoming general election.
Six candidates are standing for Esher and Walton in the upcoming general election, with our three guests representing the three national parties standing in the constituency.