YOUNGSTERS brushed up on their debating skills during a visit by a parliamentary candidate.

Children from five schools across Bishop Auckland came together at St Chad’s Primary School, in Witton Park, for an election themed debate set up in the school hall to resemble the House of Commons.

The children explored if youngsters should have a say in politics and were given tips by Helen Goodman, Labour Party candidate for Bishop Auckland.

Ms Goodman gave the children advice on debating and spoke to them about Brexit and issues surrounding schools and education.

Dominic Brown, headteacher at St Chad’s Primary School, said: “I think Ms Goodman was very surprised and impressed by the children’s knowledge and skills during the debate. We debate weekly which will help them get a job or a university place later on in life.

“The children are shown that debate is different to arguing and requires different skills. They can take these skills and use them in the playground to resolve issues peacefully.”

The school debate is an annual event and was held at St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School last year.

It has seen previous guests including Bishop Auckland Conservative MP candidate, Dehenna Davison.

The debate resulted in 95 per cent of children agreeing youngsters should be involved in politics.