Election fever hit St Joseph's with Stephen Kinnock questioned over politics

Evening Post

ELECTION fever hit a Port Talbot school, when a parliamentary candidate - now the town's MP - visited to speak to children.

Ahead of the May 7 General Election, Stephen Kinnock visited St Joseph's RC Comprehensive and Sixth form to speak to a group of year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students.

The discussion consisted of topics such as the likely outcome of the general election and a day in the life of a candidate.

The discussion was then followed by a question and answer session where students, with students more than eager to put the prospective MP on the spot and question him on policies but also the political system of the UK.

The questions gauged his view on the democratic process, his view of the electoral system of first past the post, voting for 16 year olds and the availability of choice for young people of Aberavon post-16.

The students have recently been battling to save the school's sixth form, after plans were revealed to close it.

They've held fundraisers and posted letters to Pope Francis to try to save the vital post 16 educational facility.

"He made known how important he thinks local politics is and showed support for our Sixth Form campaign," said Amber Davies and Bryony Moore.

"He also showed his commitment to engaging young people in politics and how he thinks, like many politically active members of our Sixth Form, that the voting age should be lowered to 16."

Joseph King added: "It was a very worthwhile and informative event which gave us insight to the crucial role of an MP within our constituency.

"Overall it was very enjoyable and is show of support for the Sixth Form was greatly appreciated."