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BBC show visits Pershore High

Evesham Editorial 17th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE BBC Sunday Politics Show visited a Pershore school to find out whether the voting age should be lowered to 16.

Political reporter Matthew Bone went along to the High School last Wednesday (October 8) to film a piece on the topic, which has once again reared its head following 16 and 17-year-olds inclusion in the Scottish Referendum vote.

Scrapping both the Human Rights Act and High Speed 2 (HS2) were among a range of topics discussed.

The group decided on their own policy decisions in which spending on the NHS would be increased by raising taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and fatty foods, tuition fees to be lowered to £3,000 per year and for no ‘boots to be put on the ground’ in Iraq and Syria.

Sixth form students also voted in a mock election done to gauge the interest in politics throughout the school. 42 per cent voted with the Conservatives 41 per cent beating second-best party Labour with just 16 per cent.