Durham students quiz political parties on Twitter

See #GenerationVote for all the replies

Questions were put to representatives of political parties as part of a Twitter event organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) in partnership with Durham Students’ Union and New College Durham on Wednesday.

#GenerationVote – which takes place in a different constituency each week – allows students to put ten questions to local MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) subsequent to Prime Ministers Questions.

Five of the questions are standard, and relate to national issues, while the rest are reserved for local concerns, and can be chosen by the relevant students’ unions.

Taking part were Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour MP for Durham City, and PPCs Rebecca Coulson, for the Conservative Party, and Craig Martin for the Liberal Democrats.

Here are some of the replies:

What does a new deal for the next generation look like?

Do you think tuition fees should be reduced or abolished altogether?

What can you do to tackle youth unemployment?

What is your role in good community/campus relations?

Do you support votes at sixteen?

What have you done to engage with LGBT constituents in your area?

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