Panel on spot at St Andrew’s High School

Young people quizzed the panel
Young people quizzed the panel
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THEY will soon be asked for their views in what could be the most important vote in Scottish history.

And an event held in Kirkcaldy yesterday (Wednesday) was aimed at helping young people find their voice on issues like the Independence Referendum.

The panel, from left MSPs Willie Rennie, Claire Baker, David Torrance and FFP Editor Allan Crow.

The panel, from left MSPs Willie Rennie, Claire Baker, David Torrance and FFP Editor Allan Crow.

Fife Youth Initiative aims to engage youngsters in politics by discussing the issues of the day - and putting the politicians who run things on the spot.

Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, Labour education spokeswoman and Fife list MSP Claire Baker were the politicians in the firing line at the ‘Question Time’-style event and they were joined on the panel by Allan Crow, editor of the Fife Free Press.

Senior pupils from St Andrew’s, Viewforth and Kirkcaldy High Schools attended the event, which was held at St Andrew’s High School and organised and run by the college’s creative technologies department and filmed by Higher National Diploma television students.

DVD

A DVD of the debate will be made available at a later date.

Once St Andrew’s headteacher Patrick Callaghan got proceedings underway a variety of questions were debated by the panel over the course of an hour, including independence, contraception, obesity in Scotland, student fees and benefits.

For David Torrance it was a worthwhile exercise. “I think it went very well,” he said.

Excellent

“The questions from the kids were excellent - better than some I’ve been asked by adults in the past!

“I think it will be great to take this out across different schools.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for pupils to see politicians from different parties debate, especially as they will be voting in 2014.”