Students get top marks from Labour candidates

Caistor Grammar School students Evie and Rebecca with Labour parliamentary candidate David Prescott EMN-150420-150621001
Caistor Grammar School students Evie and Rebecca with Labour parliamentary candidate David Prescott EMN-150420-150621001

Smart Caistor students have impressed a would-be MP on his campaign trail - and their enterprising work has even been given the seal of approval by the UK’s potential PM.

About 90 Caistor Grammar School sixth formers put their best questions to Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Gainsborough David Prescott when he visited their school.

Mr Prescott - who was joined by former CGS pupil and Labour candidate for West Lindsey District Council Oliver Jackson - said: “Oliver and I thoroughly enjoyed our talk with the students.

“They asked some very sharp questions on the deficit, tuition fees and the NHS.”

Mr Prescott was presented with a SolAware UV bracelet - which raises awareness of the power of the sun - and is designed, marketed and sold entirely by students at the school.

He said: “I was very impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of pupils at the school and was more than happy to promote SolAware.

“I even showed Ed Miliband it when I met him in Lincoln last Friday.

“He thought it was a very good idea.”

As well as taking selfies with students, Mr Prescott discussed the findings of a recent survey which revealed only a quarter of young people say they will definitely vote and just one in three polled said they were personally interested in politics.

Mr Prescott, who worked on the 1996 Rock The Vote campaign to get more young people registered to vote and is on a listening tour of schools across the area, said: “Some politicians aren’t doing enough to engage with young people to convince them it’s worth their while.

“That’s why I was so keen to tell them: ‘use your vote or lose your say in the running of this country’.

“If they don’t get involved, other parties will just target older voters who are more likely to vote and that’s profoundly undemocratic.”

Mr Prescott said about 75 per cent of eligible CGS students said they would vote in this year’s election.

He also did a presentation to the pupils on using social media to campaign for issues they believe in, showing a video he filmed to highlight disabled access issues for the proposed new bridge at Gainsborough station.