Plaid Cymru won a rather unexpected election last week – at a Church of England boarding school near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds.
Five Sixth Form politics pupils had put themselves forward in a mock General Election at the school representing the Liberal Democrats, Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru, Labour and the Conservatives.
The school held a hustings attended by the whole school where the five candidates laid out their policies for government. All pupils and staff were invited to vote. Turnout was 65%.
Plaid Cymru won the election on Thursday with 95 votes to the Liberal Democrats’ 93, with the Conservative candidate in third place on 29 votes.
“Of course, we are incredibly surprised by the outcome,” a spokesperson for the school said.
“The Plaid Cymru candidate ran a very unassuming campaign and stated his policies calmly at the hustings. It appears, however, that his message was popular among the pupils, who really got behind him on polling day with posters and advertising slogans. Maybe they were keen to vote for something different.
“The pupils have been highly engaged by the democratic process: the election has been a hotly discussed issue in boarding houses and common rooms across the School. We look forward to seeing the real results come in this evening.”
Kingham Hill is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, between Oxford, Cheltenham and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The school was founded in 1886 and has around 340 pupils split into eleven houses, seven of which are boarding and four for day students.