UKIP’s policies on grammar schools, defence, the NHS and student loans were some of the questions put to the party’s Harrogate and Knaresborough PPC by sixth formers and staff from Harrogate’s St John Fisher Catholic High School.
David Simister spoke about his role on North Yorkshire County Council and the campaigns he has been involved, with before taking part in a question and answer session with the audience, many of whom will be voting for the first time next May.
County Councillor Simister said: “I was incredibly impressed the number of students who had given up their lunchtime to attend this session and the calibre of questions posed by them.
“It’s important that young people are engaged in politics and it is even more important that they hear the views and policies from all sides of the political spectrum.
“This will allow them to make up their own minds when it comes to voting in next May’s General and local elections.”