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Bolton School Votes Green!

Thursday, 06 May 2010

The country may be holding its breath for the results of the General Election but Bolton School has announced its winning party is the Green Party!

Over 700 boys and staff voted in the Boys' Division election on 6 May to mirror the General Election, and Green Party candidate Year 11 pupil Nicholas Fairclough was a clear winner with 221 votes! This coincides with the success of the Green Party nationally as they secured their first ever seat with the election of MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.

Nicholas's nearest rival was Conservative candidate Matthew Trevalyan from Year 13 with 152 votes, followed by Labour's Joel Harrison-Hirst also from Year 13 with 144 votes. Liberal Democrat's Cameron Lee from Year 8 received 113 votes and UKIP, represented by Richard Hamer from Year 11 got 71 votes.

The boys campaigned hard with support and encouragement from the real parties during the month leading up to the big Election Day, including poster campaigns and political speeches. Each candidate had the chance to address every year group in assemblies, and were questioned by the Senior and Junior Literary and Debating Societies, and the History Society where they were grilled on their policies on national issues such as education, taxes, immigration and the economy, and topics within school including charity work and lunch arrangements.

 

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The candidates

Nicholas Fairclough (Green Party), Matthew Trevalyan (Conservative), Richard Hamer (UKIP), Cameron Lee (Lib Dem) and Joel Harrison-Hirst (Labour)