To coincide with the 2015 General Election, Landau Forte College Derby hosted a Mock Election with three students selected to represent Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. These students have been campaigning over the past 2 to 3 weeks attempting to persuade students and staff to vote for their parties.
A debate was held between the three leaders on key topics such as the economy, education and the NHS. Leaders were also questioned as to why they felt that such a small number of young people voted in the 2010 General Election. This debate was chaired by Mrs Coffey and was shown to students during Tutor Time.
On Polling Day, the Conference Room was transformed into a Polling Station and students and staff were invited to vote and make their choice heard. The votes were counted after the Polling Station closed at 2pm and the results will be announced this morning.
Students were split into various ‘constituencies’ in order to best represent the First Past the Post electoral system currently being used in the United Kingdom. Next week, students will be looking at the number of votes each party receives in relation to the number of seats they have won and will be answering the question; “Is our electoral system fair?”
Mock Election 2010
5 years ago, Landau Forte College Derby hosted a mock election to tie in with the 2010 General Election. 685 students turned out, with a turnout rate of 63%. The winning party were the Liberal Democrats, who received 41% of the vote, winning 11 of the 17 seats on offer. Labour and the Conservatives both finished with 3 seats each, with 27% and 31% of the votes, respectively.