Morley Academy students grill ‘Question Time’ panel
A PANEL of journalists and the shadow chancellor faced a grilling from Morley Academy students on everything from GCSE results to human trafficking.
Morley MP Ed Balls, The Guardian’s political columnist Polly Toynbee and Observer & Advertiser editor Hannah Ridgeway formed the panel, chaired by year 12 student Tonicha Upham.
Audience members asked questions on subjects ranging from how to achieve social justice to the closure of libraries.
Mr Balls said: “We were quizzed on everything from votes at 16 and the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance to the Millennium Development Goals. It was great to see such enthusiasm from local students, most of whom had stayed behind after school to take part and have their say.”
Polly Toynbee added: “I was so glad to meet a really lively well-informed group of students at Morley Academy, and especially pleased they voted overwhelmingly for votes at 16. I hope they’ll get campaigning for it.”
Observer and Advertiser editor Hannah Ridgeway said she was delighted the paper was invited to take part.
“I was very impressed with the questions that the students asked, they certainly gave us some tough issues to tackle,” she said.
“It was good to see so many giving up their Friday tea-time for political debate.”
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