The story of the #BHPS General Election 2015

It’s the huge ‘General Election’ here in the UK today. This is the day when all adults over 18 get to vote for who they would like to lead the government of the UK over the next four years.

This week in school we have been exploring the policies (ideas and promises) that the five main political parties have put forward. The main political parties are Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party).

We then created our very own political parties, creating our own policies, logos, manifestos, speeches and of course rosettes!

Then for the main event – yesterday (Wednesday) we invited our local parliamentary candidates along to school and our parents/carers to listen to our party political speeches. The parliamentary candidates are the people who would like to represent our area – North East Derbyshire – in the Houses of Parliament for the next four years. They were:

– Natascha Engel (Labour)

– Lee Rowley (Conservative)

– Rob Lane (Independent) – Check out Rob’s blog post that he wrote about his visit to BHPS by clicking here!

– James Bush (UKIP)

Here are the seats, ready for all of the candidates!

Here are the seats, ready for all of the candidates!

Our political parties were:

– The Best for All Party

– Peace UK Party

– United Kingdom Together Party (UKTP)

– World Wide Party

Here is our classroom all set out for the 'hustings'. A hustings event is where voters get to quiz the different political parties!

Here is our classroom all set out for the ‘hustings’. A hustings event is where voters get to quiz the different political parties!

We made our speeches to the audience and were questioned by each of the candidates – we did really well as it’s not always easy to answer questions on the spot!

After that, we asked the candidates a range of questions, these included: Who is your favourite Prime Minister of all time? Why did you choose the party you represent? Which other party would you consider working with if you got into government?

After much consideration the adults all placed their votes. It was then up to each party to canvass for more votes around school!

In this photo, we are quizzing the candidates!

In this photo, we are quizzing the candidates!

Then on to the big moment! Earlier today (Thursday) in our maths lesson we calculated the total number of votes for each party and placed them into a tally chart. The results came out as follows:

– UKTP (10 votes)

– Peace UK (9 votes)

– The Best for All Party (7 votes)

– World Wide Party (4 votes)

Congratulations to UKTP who won our election. It was a close call though and they only won by ONE VOTE!

Congratulations to UKTP who won our election. It was a close call though and they only won by ONE VOTE!