HIGH-profile guests from the local and national political scene gathered at the King's School, Worcester, for a Question Time-style debate about the key issues facing British politics today.

The panel included city councillor and Labour parliamentary candidate Lynn Denham, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Beverley Nielson, Tory MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon and Worcester City Council leader Marc Bayliss.

The debate, which took place in the school's John Moore Theatre, was organised by lower sixth student Charlie Mackintosh to provide students, parents, and ex-pupils with the opportunity to question key politicians on some of the recent developments in British politics.

Charlie, who runs the King’s Debating Society and hopes to study politics at university, said: “In terms of British politics, these really are extraordinary times. It is therefore more important than ever to keep the conversation alive.

"I hope that by bringing this debate to King’s we will be providing an opportunity for students, staff, parents, and the local community to influence the wider debate.”

Audience members quizzed the panellists on Brexit, climate change, the cost of attending university, and the prime ministerial leadership contest.

Nicola Sears, history teacher and head of the King’s Debating Society, said: “We are full of admiration for Charlie for his hard work and determination in bringing this debate to King’s and securing some fantastic individuals to be part of the panel.

"Chairing a live debate is by no means an easy task, but one that Charlie took in his stride and delivered effortlessly. Not only was it a fantastic experience for him, but it also provided our pupils with a unique opportunity to talk about some of the political issues that are of interest to them.

"I’d like to thank the panellists for giving up their time and providing such an enjoyable for afternoon for our students and parents.”