General Election 'isn't about Brexit' - Scarborough Sixth Form College students on their views on the debate

Students at Scarborough Sixth Form College have expressed their views on today's debate, with some saying the upcoming election 'isn't about Brexit'.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 5:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 6:23 pm
Scarborough Sixth Form's election debate.

About 100 students aged 16 to 18 met three of the four candidates standing for Scarborough and Whitby to ask them questions about their policies.

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Fredi Dixon-Lenton said: "The biggest issue is definitely the environment and what we can do to reduce our carbon emissions. Brexit is important but Brexit won't matter if we don't have a planet to play out on."

Scarborough Sixth Form students at the debate.

The 18-year-old, who's already registered to vote, said today's debate was "vastly useful" for those who were yet to have a taste of the upcoming election. However, having read up on each party's policies beforehand, none of the candidates managed to change the views he already had.

For Izzie, also 18, the debate was "interesting". "It's good to hear the opinions of the people who are leading the parties representing us," she said.

"The environment, cutting down carbon emissions and making sure the NHS is protected are probably the biggest things."

Asked if the election was all about Britain leaving the EU, she said: "Not at all, I don't care about Brexit."

Students not yet old enough to vote also appreciated the opportunity to meet some of the candidates.

Sixteen-year-old Hugh Stanway who's passionate about politics said: "It was very interesting, it's very important that they involve young people in this election because in essence it's going to be the election that affects us the most in terms of climate change and Brexit. All three of them performed really well and it certainly cleared up a lot of issues I had."