Question Time at Rednock School:  Pupils quiz panel on knife crime, education funding, Brexit and more

Question Time at Rednock School: Pupils quiz panel on knife crime, education funding, Brexit and more


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Josh Priestly chaired Rednock School’s Question Time event

Josh Priestly chaired Rednock School’s Question Time event

I always enjoy engaging with young people and discussing how politics impacts their lives. So I was pleased to join the panel at Rednock School’s Question Time event on Friday.

The event was ably chaired by student Josh Priestly, and my fellow panelists were: Chris Brierley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner; Siobhan Baillie, Conservative parliamentary candidate; and George Butcher, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate.

We covered a full range of issues with thoughtful questions from the students on education funding, policing and particularly knife crime and, of course, Brexit.

Thank you Rednock School for hosting us!


On funding cuts to Gloucestershire police

Chris Brierley said;

“Cuts have had a massive impact, violent crime is up. In Gloucestershire we use to have 1,300 officers know we’re down to 1,000. This has had a huge impact on communities and their perception of crime.

“The police have become the first port of call, rather than the last port of call, and that is linked to austerity.

“Knife crime is not just a policing issue alone. All the different agencies need to work together.”

On Education Funding

David Drew MP said:

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“Additional needs should be fully funded.

“The damage that has been done in our schools over the last nine years will take a long time to put right. the reality is that schools receive less now and face rising costs.”

On Brexit

David Drew MP said:


”The idea that Theresa May can keep bringing back her deal for another vote in parliament is not good for democracy.

“The reality of us not getting an agreement does not bear thinking about. We need to get a deal and we need to take back to the British people. We have to resolve this. A divided nation will never be a strong nation.”

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