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Packed Politics schedule in run-up to General Election

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Long Road students – and A level Politics students in particular – are benefitting from a huge range of lectures, debates and political training in the run-up to the General Election.

To date, Politics students have attended a lecture at Caius College by Michael Howard, who was a Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher, attended a revision conference in London and enrolled on the Future Learn course on the 2015 General Election.

Earlier this month, Ian Shields from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge, who is currently completing his PhD and who lectures in Security and International Relations, came to Long Road to talk about his research on the relationship between the media, government and military action. He also talked about studying Politics-related courses at university.

Today, Heidi Allen, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for South Cambs, (see photo above) came to speak to three A level Politics classes and was questioned on mansion tax, the ‘bedroom’ tax, fracking, ‘British values’, whether Conservative policies have changed as a result of the UKIP’s recent successes, immigration, women, whether we have a meritocracy, whether people should enter politics without any non-political work experience and whether drug-taking should be legalised.

Hustings poster 3Politics students have also been encouraging Long Road students to register to vote as part of the government’s voter registration campaign.

All these events will culminate in the Hustings on 15th April, when the Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative and Green candidates for Cambridge City will be taking questions from our students, who need to register for what will prove to be a lively and stimulating debate.