STUDENTS voted with their feet and piled into a packed Performance Hall at Craven College to hear the views of the parliamentary candidates standing for election in the Skipton and Ripon constituency. The event was organised by James Simpkin, public services tutor and open to Craven College students and staff and politics students from Ermysted’s, Skipton Girls’ High School and Giggleswick School.

Chaired by Craven College interim principal, Joanne Sherrington, four candidates were given five minutes to make an opening speech to the audience, in an order chosen by Ermysted’s students.Brian McDaid (Labour) was followed by Andrew Murday (Lib Dems), Andy Brown (Green Party) and John Dawson, Deputy Chairman of the Skipton & Ripon Conservative Party represented Julian Smith MP who had been called to Northern Ireland in his role as Secretary of State.

Yorkshire Party candidate Jack Render did not attend.

Public Services and politics students asked questions including whether 16 year olds should have the vote,

L-R Max Hutchinson, James Simpkin, Brian McDaid, John Dawson, Ethan Holdsworth, Natalina Mudd, Andrew Murday, Andy Brown.