Students ‘get devolved’ in a debate with Gerald Jones MP

09/10/2015

Over 75 students had the opportunity to get involved in a debate with Gerald Jones as part of a Question Time event held at The College Merthyr Tydfil. Gerald, Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, visited the college on Wednesday 7th October to discuss the 2017 EU referendum and give students the opportunity to ask questions on the advantages and disadvantages for Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and the United Kingdom. The event included students from across a range of college courses, including Business, History, Government and Politics, English and much more. In addition, year 11 pupils from local secondary schools were also invited along to give their input.

The students really put Gerald to the test with a series of challenging questions based on the pros and cons of staying in the EU together with some questions regarding the Syrian crisis and support given by the EU. Of utmost concern to the students was the issue of Erasmus + funding and how leaving the EU could impact upon this and the European work experience placement opportunities provided by this funding.

Students will now have the opportunity to question Gerald further at a second question time event to be held early in 2016.

 

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