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The Labour Party win general election held at Thomas Aveling School in Rochester

By Jade Edwards

Labour won a mock general election at a secondary school in Rochester.

Pupils at the Thomas Aveling School in Arethusa Road went to the polling stations this week to vote for which party they thought would win the general election.

Labour were the clear winners receiving 43% of the vote.

Emily Cayzer, 13, Abla Richard, 14, Zahra Hussain, 14, Emma Hager, 14, at the ballot box
Emily Cayzer, 13, Abla Richard, 14, Zahra Hussain, 14, Emma Hager, 14, at the ballot box

The Conservatives and Ukip both received 16%, the Green Party 15%, Liberal Democrats 4% and 6% of voting papers were spoiled.

Pupil turnout was 66.9% - higher than the country’s turnout at the 2015 general election which was 66.1%.

Youngsters from Years 7 to 13 were able to vote in the mock election, and over the past few weeks they have been researching party manifestos.

Sixth form students cast their votes
Sixth form students cast their votes

Emily Smith, mock election organiser, said: “Over the past few weeks, in form time, students have been debating and researching the views, opinions and manifestos of the five main parties as well as watching the party political broadcasts and a range of the television debates.

“It has been great to hear students discussing who to vote for and to see many students feel somewhat tentative before making their final decision, much like the rest of the country.”

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