College students quiz MP on economy

Tuesday 20th September 2016 4:00 pm
MP for Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish with students from Shebbear College’s sixth form. ()

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DURING a visit to Shebbear College to talk about their waste disposal system, the MP for Tiverton and Honiton spoke with sixth form pupils about the current state of the economy.

Conservative MP Neil Parish, chair of environment, food and rural affairs select committee, visited Shebbear College on Thursday, September 1, where he met with members of staff, pupils and representatives from Andigestion, the company which is responsible for the new waste disposal systems and biomass boilers, which have been installed at the school.

During his visit Mr Parish took the opportunity to talk to sixth form pupils about their thoughts on any issues concerning them regarding the state of the economy in general.

He spoke to them briefly about the political change that has been affecting the county of Devon since the ‘Brexit’ vote.

As many of the pupils are not of legal voting age, Mr Parish received a mixture of responses to the question ‘Do you think you should have been able to vote in Brexit?’ with the majority of pupils believing they should have had an influence in the future of the country by being given the vote.

Mr Parish asked whether politics was important to the students. A pupil said: “I think it is important for us because it is less than a year until some of us can vote!”

The pupils were then given the chance to ask their own questions about politics and the economy post-Brexit.

Although a little shy at first the pupils soon thought of a few questions for Mr Parish.

One student asked: “In this area Leave was advertised much more, do you think that helped sway the vote?”

Mr Parish explained that there was a lot of debate as to whose campaign was thought to be the most effective.

The sixth formers thanked Mr Parish for giving them the opportunity to ask him questions before posing for a photograph with him.

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