Green Party leader visits Hartlepool

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, giving a talk to students and the wider public at Hartlepool Sixth Form College
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, giving a talk to students and the wider public at Hartlepool Sixth Form College
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THE leader of a political party visited Hartlepool to speak to the voters of the future.

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, made the appearance at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, to speak to students.

The stop-off was part of a series of visits in Teesside and North Yorkshire.

Alison Coutts, head of history and politics at the college: “It went really well. She was excellent. She made some really good points. She talked about social policy, Europe, transport, immigration, not just environmental issues.”

Around 30 students, mainly politics students, took part in the event.

And Ms Coutts said the students had some very good questions that were confidently asked.

She added: “One girl asked a really good question about the minimum wage and the impact on local business.

“We had quite a range of questions, and the students really enjoyed it.”

There was also around 20 members of the public present.

The event was arranged by former student Michael Holt who is a member of the Teesside branch of the Green Party.

Ms Bennett also visited Richmond to speak to party activists and addressed sixth form students at King’s Academy, in Middlesbrough.