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East Norfolk students' Question Time

PUBLISHED: 15:31 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 July 2010

Students who attended Question Time, held in Yarmouth last week.

Students who attended Question Time, held in Yarmouth last week.

Staff and students of East Norfolk Sixth Form College joined many local residents to take part in the BBC political programme Question Time held at the Hippodrome Circus.

Staff and students of East Norfolk Sixth Form College joined many local residents to take part in the BBC political programme Question Time held at the Hippodrome Circus. Many of the college's A level politics students took the opportunity to attend the recording and two of them were selected to appear on camera.

First up was Edward Clarke, who asked whether Gordon Brown's authority had been permanently damaged by the lost Parliamentary vote on the Gurkhas. Ed was delighted to see David Dimbleby giving Hilary Benn the Environment Secretary a “telling off” on his behalf in his attempt to force the minister to answer the question.

Oliver Jacobs also contributed when he queried a suggestion made by panellists that life had got better in Iraq. Ollie said that he was nervous and had not been sure whether to put up his hand, but in the end decided if “I didn't do it then, I never would”.

The other students enjoyed the experience, describing it as fascinating. They also said they enjoyed comedian Frank Skinner's off-air comments about sex education in schools.


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