York Green Party

York Green Party wins All Saints Sixth Form election

24 March 2015

Green Party York Central Parliamentary candidate Jonathan Tyler last week visited All Saints School and took part in a hustings with students of different age groups, along with representatives of the other main parties in York. Following this, students took part in a mock election, encouraging participation and engagement from the students at a school Jonathan describes as having a “strong tradition of teaching Politics".

The sixth form students in Years 12 and 13 (aged 16-18) responded particularly well to Jonathan, giving him the strong lead in their ‘election’ with 41 votes, ahead of the 35 votes for Labour, 25 for the Conservatives, 14 for the Liberal Democrats and 3 for UKIP.

This suggests that the Green Party is effectively reaching and connecting with young people, an important factor, as many of the students in Year 13 will be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming General Election. It is important for political parties to engage with young people at this time in their lives, as they are beginning to identify their own political beliefs.

Jonathan, in response to his visit, praised the pupils’ “attentiveness and questioning” and said: "I greatly enjoyed the challenge of talking to three large groups of All Saints pupils, along with four other Parliamentary or Council candidates. It is particularly interesting that after several years of their course the older students were more inclined to vote Green. Would that all schools had this quality of education in citizenship!"

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