Just had an exciting lunchtime – and early afternoon tweeting answers to Derby Uni students’ questions.
For the NUS it’s the start of the General Election campaign. Derby has been the guinea pig university for what I gather will be weekly question and answer sessions for a university constituency somewhere in the country.
Hopefully this will inspire more people to take an interest in politics, and be a bit more informed about what the political parties and candidates believe for May 2015.
For the record, here is the full list of questions and my answers.
- What does a new deal for the next generation look like?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
Opportunity for all. Pupil premium, free school meals, more apprenticeships, more jobs, care for environment bit.ly/1qj1VKD
- Do you think tuition fees should be reduced or abolished altogether?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
Grad tax better, but current system as fair as poss. Don’t pay upfront and only pay when earning >£21k bit.ly/XcNJKW
3. The NHS is under threat – how will you help?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
Put £1bn extra into NHS pa, protect the NHS budget & bring mental health in line with physical healthcare bit.ly/1sBbdaM
- What can you do to tackle youth unemployment?@lucycare#7millionVoice#pmqs
- What is your role in good community/campus relations?@lucycare#7millionVoice#pmqs
Have dealt with parking issues, encourage greener options likes walk/cycle/bus. Also recycling & landlords. Let me know your issues.
- Derby North has a large manufacturing tradition. How will you help apprentices?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
- What steps are you taking to encourage young people to engage with politics and vote?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
I’ve visited schools & support their councils, taken part in uni debates, been on stalls. @LibDems support votes for 16 & 17 yr olds.
- Will you repeal the bedroom tax?@lucycare#7millionVoice#pmqs
Reform not repeal. Needs to be fair for tenant & tax payer & make better use of housing: bit.ly/1nAeIG3
- How will you address welfare reform issues that impact the disabled?@lucycare #7millionVoice#pmqs
10. What can you do for the night time economy in Derby?@lucycare#7millionvoices#pmqs
Bars, clubs, theatre, policing, street pastors… Different people want different things from nightime Derby. What do you want?
Do let me have any comments here, if you wish.