VIDEO: Wakefield College students talk about what is important in elections

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Young people from across the district heard from candidates in the general election at a hustings event today (Thursday).

Mary Creagh (Labour), Antony Calvert (Conservatives), Rebecca Taylor (Liberal Democrats), Alan Hazelhurst (UKIP) and Becca Thackray (Green Party) answered questions from Wakefield College staff and students as well as pupils from local schools.

People have just seven days left to register to vote in May's elections.

People have just seven days left to register to vote in May's elections.

They spoke about a range of topics, including the NHS, education, public sector spending, law and order and international policies.

David Green, the college’s government and politics lecturer, chaired the event.

He said: “Disillusionment with politics is a major issue especially amongst young people. I’m hopeful that this event will bring the students closer to the political world as it gives them a unique opportunity to engage with the parliamentary candidates and ask about issues that are important to them.”

The Express spoke to students Anastasia Dennison and Yasmin Walker about why they were attending the event and what topics are important to them when in comes to voting.