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This week, New College Swindon took part in UK Parliament week, which is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with their Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.

On Monday the New College Debating Society hosted an open debate for students and discussed whether voting should be compulsory. Students talked about whether compulsory voting would help get everyone involved in politics, but also explored how compulsory votes could potentially delegitimise voting outcomes. At the end of the debate, all students voted and the outcome was that the majority of students believed voting should be a choice.

The open debate was followed by a talk from a Civil Service employee. He talked to learners about what the Civil Service do and the routes into working for the Civil Service, such as choosing study option including History, Politics or Law.

Sarah Bennett, Programme lead -  Criminology, History, Government & Politics, said: "New College's Politics department was delighted to take part in the national Parliament week. The week is an annual festival that have given our students the opportunity to engage with their Parliament. With the controversy of Brexit and with a general election, we are encouraging New College learners to get involved in politics, to find out more and to have their say by registering to vote."

From Monday 18th November, New College will be giving students who are old enough to vote, the opportunity to register during lunchtimes in the foyer or library. Students are just asked to bring along their National Insurance number.