The candidates for Rydal Penrhos’ Mock Election next month have been revealed following a school-wide vote.
Leading the Conservative Party will be Edward Patrick after gaining 58 per cent of the vote, with Morgan Kendall securing the Labour hot seat after claiming a landslide victory.
Head Boy Ioan Peake-Jones will be tasked with getting the Liberal Democrat Party the lion’s share of the votes after attaining 65% of the candidate vote, and the Brexit Party will be led by Ethan Davies thanks to a successful individual campaign that saw him narrowly elected on 41%
The eco-focused Green Party will be under the stewardship of Harry Hackman after the Sixth Former gained 58% of the vote, and rounding off the candidates is Iestyn Williams, who will head the Plaid Cymru campaign after winning 64%.
Each party leader will now begin working on their campaign strategy, including a manifesto, that will be presented to all year groups with a view to emerging victorious from the Mock Election.
Labour currently hold the Rydal Penrhos “seat” after Ben Gibson, who is now studying at the University of Cambridge, won the Mock Election held in June 2017.
Mock Elections actively engage pupils with the democratic process and show how politics affects their everyday lives.
Each pupil involved will gain hands-on insight into how the election works as they run for office, create manifestos, canvass support, design campaign posters and literature and cast their votes.
Sixth Form pupils will be delivering campaign speeches to the whole school and taking part in debates. Others will organise the election – registering voters, preparing the polling station, and counting the ballot papers.
The school is hoping to welcome official party candidates from the constituency over the next few weeks to ensure that they have the best understanding of issues affecting our locality.