In or Out? KGV Hosts Referendum Hustings


KGV College hosted a Hustings regarding the EU Referendum, which took place last week.

Local politicians and business men, including MP John Pugh, along with KGV students delivered their arguments for and against the United Kingdom’s membership within the European Union to a packed theatre of students and staff members.

Course Leader for PE and organiser of the Hustings, Darren Brookfield, said, ‘It was great to have external representatives in to help educate our students on a topic which is of vital importance to the young people of today.’

“They responded positively and enjoyed the opportunity to respond to the speakers and ask questions.”

After the arguments for remain or leave were presented, in which both sides debated between themselves, students had the opportunity to cross examine the presenters. It was a very high level debate.

Jameson Minto, an A-Level student studying Classics, History and English Literature, spoke on behalf of the remain campaign in the debate. He said, “The event went well, a variety of views were heard and both sides cut through the fear mongering.”

“I enjoyed speaking to a large audience and believe more events like this should be held in the future.”

Daniel Krcmar, a student in the audience, said, “It was a good chance to learn about both sides of the debate and actively engage with my fellow students and the guest speakers to discuss the different arguments.”

KGV hosted its own internal vote with results at 70% remain and 30% leave after 87 students voted.

The Hustings ended with a thirty second silence for MP Jo Cox.


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