Mock Elections at Queen Anne's
Monday 11th May 2015
In the run-up to last week’s General Election, the Queen Anne’s community held their own election on Wednesday 6 May.
The event was organised by the Lower Sixth Government and Politics class who have studied British political parties, along with other elements of the UK’s political system this year. Each student took on the role of a candidate for one of the key political parties in the United Kingdom: Conservatives (Pippa Gordon), Green Party (Lola Martin), Labour (Sophie Grosz-Dequenne and Tobi Idowu), Liberal Democrats (Caitlin Croke), and UK Independence Party (Kate Turner).
The whole school gathered in the hall on Wednesday morning, ready to learn about what each party wanted to do for Britain if they were elected. After brief speeches were given explaining the background of the different political parties, our candidates presented their election videos. These well-produced and informative videos were made by the girls and emphasised what they saw as the key elements of the parties’ manifestoes.
Students and staff then were asked to vote for the party that they thought would be best for the country. The election was held, as the UK’s General Election is, using the first past the post system. Each house served as a ‘constituency’ and elected a party, while the whole school’s election would come down to whether one party received a majority of the constituency votes.
In an outcome that may have foreseen the vote on Thursday, our school election demonstrated that there was strong support for the Conservative Party. Seven out of the eight constituencies voted for the Conservative candidate, with the other vote going to the Green Party.
As the topic of election reform continues to be discussed, the candidates wondered what would happen if the seats were allocated in a proportional way. They discovered that, based on a proportional voting system, four seats would have gone to the Conservatives, two to the Green Party, one to the Liberal Democrats, and one would remain for Labour and UKIP to fight for. It is certainly interesting to see so clearly the difference between the first past the post and proportional results!