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Probing top politicians

Published on isbi School News dated Wednesday 18th of June 2014

A sixth form student at Wisbech Grammar School has had a chance to quiz top politicians on national television about the future of the Liberal Democrats.

A Level politics student Patrick Reeve (17) appeared on BBC One's 'Question time' programme, which featured a panel including Iain Duncan Smith MP, the work and pensions secretary, Chris Bryant MP, the shadow welfare reform minister, Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt, Ian Hislop, editor of 'Private eye' and Salma Yaqoob, former leader of the Respect Party, who leads the 'Hands off Birmingham Schools' campaign group.

At the event at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange, which was attended by about 150 people, Patrick asked, 'Is the result of the Newark by-election the end of the Liberal Democrats?'

His question failed to trigger any admission from Tessa Munt that the days of her party were numbered, but he was pleased with the panel's replies overall.

He said: 'I was a little nervous, but I had to get on with it really. They gave a decent response and I was quite happy with it.'

Head of history Sam Emerson also appeared on the programme, asking about British values in the light of the Birmingham schools controversy.

Head of politics Mr Tim Chapman said: 'The sixth formers got a real buzz from the event and were delighted to meet David Dimbleby afterwards.'

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