A mock by-election for the new MP for Glasgow Pollok takes place today at Glasgow Clyde College Cardonald Campus.
The election sees four leaders of newly founded parties go head-to-head to become the new Member for the fictitious Pollok constituency.
Craig Farquharson (leader of the Progress Party), Emma Pearson (Leader of the Transform Party), Jack Lee (Leader of the Tomorrow Party), and Saffron McKee (Leader of the Progress Party) have all made their speeches, and now anxiously await the result of the election which is due to be announced this afternoon.
Craig Farquharson said in his speech that, if elected, he will aim to “Make Pollok great again”, by bringing responsibility as well as business to Pollock. Craig Farquharson added that his party would look after the older generation and make sure women in Pollock have the opportunities to get into positions of power.
Emma Pearson gave her competitors an idea of what Pollock could look like under the Transform party saying the party believes that putting in fibre broadband within the area would be an excellent idea.
But she warned doing so would cause disruptions with roadworks and internet outages for two years could cause issues for residents.
Jack Lee appealed to students across the country today by saying that if he is elected he will campaign for free higher education tuition for anyone who wants to study in Scotland.
Saffron McKee’s campaign is to bring safety to the streets of Glasgow. He spoke about increasing police presence in Glasgow from 5,545 police officers in Glasgow to 12,000 officers on patrol at all times to cover the 6,000 streets in Glasgow.
The results are expected to be announced later today.
The mock by-election is part of the UK Parliament Week campaign this week to highlight the work of Westminster across the country. Glasgow Clyde students study the UK Parliament in their Public Affairs modules in HND Journalism.