Mock By-Election marks UK Parliament Week
Second year journalism students at Glasgow Clyde College are hosting a mock election to mark UK Parliament Week.
The mock election is being held on the Cardonald Campus of Glasgow Clyde College, as part of UK Parliament Week. This annual week of events highlights the work of Westminster and aims to help students across the country build a better understanding of the work of the UK Parliament. The week-long focus uses the hashtag #UKPW.
Four candidates remain in the hunt to seal the key Pollok seat in the upcoming by election.
Former MP, Albert Haugh’s, shock resignation has prompted the election, set to take place next Tuesday, 15th November. The four parties vying for the Pollok seat are Progress, Transform, Tomorrow and Vision. While the four-way bid is a first within a Glasgow election many political commentators insist it remains “too close to call”.
Policies promised by the parties are supporting new trade and business relations in Pollok; charging smokers to access the NHS; increased taxes on bankers who lost pubic funds; and removing all university tuition fees.
The Progress party, lead by Craig Farquharson (30), have pledged to bring jobs and enterprise back to Pollok by encouraging and supporting new trade and business relations. Progress leader Mr Farquharson revealed: “36% of children in greater Pollok are in poverty, by encouraging new trade and business relations I pledge to bring jobs to Pollok so that the people can get out of poverty and get to a good standard of living.”
Leader of the Transform party, Emma Pearson (19) , wants to increase taxes on bankers who have lost significant public funds through trading. Miss Pearson’s proposal is an additional 10% tax for bankers who have lost the public money in an effort to recoup losses and keep the country on track. Miss Pearson announced: “This is my key policy. I find it the most important because it affects everyone.”
Jack Lee (19), leader of the Tomorrow party, has promised to remove tuition fees for all universities. Mr Lee stated: “I believe every student in the country deserves the best education they wish to achieve without discrimination.” The Tomorrow party also envisions digitising much of the Pollok Library collection.
Vision party leader, Saffron McKee (19), vows to charge smokers for health services. Miss McKee’s proposal includes charging smokers for any NHS treatment towards smoking or related illnesses at the same price as current private treatment rates. “This will help Pollok crack down on the overwhelming amount of young smokers and older people in hospitals due to lung cancer.” Miss McKee announced.
Voters head to polls next Tuesday, 15th November and the Clyde Insider will have all the breaking news as the four-way push for the crucial Pollok seat unfolds.