Local MP gives students election advice

Local MP, James Morris, visited a Cradley Heath academy this week to offer advice on elections and answer some heavy hitting political questions.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris, dropped in on Ormiston Forge Academy students to offer advice on the forthcoming Head Boy and Head Boy elections. Year 12 candidates will start campaigning next week in anticipation of the forthcoming vote. James spoke about using social media, engaging people face to face and keeping promises, he also answered a number of questions posed by students.

James won Halesowen and Rowley Regis for the Conservatives with an increased majority in the April General Election. He beat Labour’s Stephanie Peacock into second place with a majority of 3,182.

Whilst James was at the Academy he also met with prospective student council candidates as well as a group of English students who grilled him on issues such as the disability allowance, Europe and the economy amongst other things.

James said: “It was fantastic to join students, of various ages, at Ormiston Forge Academy to talk about their school council, the importance of good governance and my experiences of election campaigning. The students showed a good understanding of how our politics works, and how you can influence change for the better. I look forward to watching Ormiston’s school council growing from strength to strength.”

Principal Andrew Burns said: “James has always been supportive of the academy and our students and having him talk to them and offering advice based on real experience is invaluable, they all went away with a much deeper insight of our British political system. I’m now preparing myself for some heavy campaigning from our Head Boy and Head Girl candidates and wish them luck in the upcoming election.”







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