Question Time at King’s Worcester

There was lively discussion and debate in College Hall at King’s Worcester on Monday evening (24th June red.), as the School hosted a Question Time style meeting with local parliamentary candidates.

All the candidates for election were invited to take part, and Mel Allcott spoke for the Liberal Democrats, Marc Bayliss for the Conservative and Unionist Party, and Tor Pingree represented the Green Party. Tom Collins was due to be present as the Labour Party candidate but unfortunately had to withdraw on the afternoon of the debate.

The event, attended by over 230 members of the local community, was chaired by King’s Headmaster, Gareth Doodes. Members of the audience were invited to ask questions, submitted in advance and chosen at random before the event, giving the candidates an appropriate opportunity to prepare their responses. Mr Doodes opened the evening by reminding the panel and the audience of three of the School’s key values: while recognising the political ambition of the candidates, we should respond with humility and kindness should abound.

There was a wide range of questions, exploring issues such as Climate Change, Independent Education, Brexit, standards in public office and the National Health Service. Lively debate followed the candidates’ response to each question, from a wide range of political and social viewpoints. The event concluded with each candidate being given the opportunity to explain why they would be the best choice to represent Worcester.

Headmaster, Gareth Doodes explained, “It was an honour to host the candidates.  We were delighted to champion democracy, and encourage discussion and debate amongst pupils, parents, staff, and the many members of the public who joined us.”

The largest pre-election hustings to be held in Worcester, this was an enlightening and thought-provoking evening, enjoyed by all who attended, and excellent preparation for voting on the 4th July.