Pupils meet candidates

The student election candidates at Bede Academy with some of those fighting for the Blyth Valley seat in the General Election.
The student election candidates at Bede Academy with some of those fighting for the Blyth Valley seat in the General Election.
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Student politicians have been formulating campaigns for an academy election with the help of ‘real’ Parliamentary candidates who are aiming to secure victory in Blyth Valley on May 7.

The main political party candidates for the constituency spent a morning at Bede Academy explaining their policies and supporting the students who have put themselves forward to represent each party.

The students will be given a platform in school assemblies and a room for their party headquarters in the run-up to a mock academy election on Thursday, May 7, when all Bede students and staff will have a chance to vote for their chosen candidate.

Vice-principal at the academy, Steve Nelson, said: “We are very grateful to all the candidates for spending the morning with our students, helping them develop clear strategies for their campaigns, understand their policies and giving a flavour of the questioning they might face during the campaign.”