Youngsters ‘get voting’

Student Fern Ainsworth posts her vote in the mock election at Bede Academy.
Student Fern Ainsworth posts her vote in the mock election at Bede Academy.

Youngsters from a south east Northumberland academy got involved in election fever last week, despite not yet being old enough to vote.

Students at Bede Academy in Blyth, took part in a mock election, where they continued the town’s tradition of supporting Labour.

The poll followed two weeks of campaigning by student candidates representing the main parties.

The young politicians had been coached by the ‘real’ Parliamentary candidates for the Blyth Valley constituency, including MP Ronnie Campbell.

The students completed their own research into the party manifestos and developed campaigns from constituency offices in the academy.

The result was Labour won with 517 votes, with UKIP in second place, again mirroring the real ballot in the General Election.

The Conservatives attracted 71 votes in third place, while 62 students voted for the Green Party and just 27 supported the Liberal Democrats.