‘Question Time’ for Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

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IF you thought David Dimbleby and his “Question Time” audience was a daunting prospect, the session which Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans faced at Oakhill College was equally challenging.

Following communication with David Cameron’s office, the Whalley-based college and its Year 8 English group hosted a working lunch with Mr Evans.

The pupils were delighted to welcome him for a question-and-answer session and raised various issues including rising petrol prices, increasing youth unemployment, racism in football, the Scottish bid for independence and their concern over litter and pollution issues.

Like its bigger brother “Question Time”, the session was conducted in a professional and congenial manner and Mr Evans was impressed with the earnest approach of the pupils to matters of such national concern.

Mrs Thornton-Gray, who teaches Year 8 English, expressed pride in the pupils’ conduct and their ability to represent the views of young people with such clarity and maturity. It is hoped they might be able to visit Mr Evans in The Houses of Parliament later in the year.