Archbishop Holgate’s School is hosting a General Election hustings event on Thursday 27 June from 7pm for York Central candidates. This is guaranteed to be an evening of lively debate and discussion. It will offer the opportunity to meet the local candidates vying for our vote, ask burning questions, and learn more about their visions for our community.

This in-person event is a perfect chance to engage directly with those who could shape our future. Members of the public have the opportunity to submit a question by emailing gavin@ahs.pmat.academy directly and they may be selected to ask this on the night. The moderator for the event will be BBC Radio York’s Elly Fiorentini. So far the Labour and Conservative candidates have agreed to attend, along with a representative of the Liberal Democrats. We await the response of the other candidates, who have also been invited. Tickets are free, but need to be booked via Eventbrite, as numbers will be limited.

Rev. Richard Nihill, School Chaplain said: “We are organising this hustings event as a school since voting gives us the chance to exercise responsibility for the good of society. We can seek the welfare, and the wholeness, of the places where we live in all sorts of different ways, but participating in the political process is a key way. It gives us a chance to exercise our school values of Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness and Trust. To do this in an informed way we need to learn about what our local representatives plan to do for us if they are elected on 4 July.”