Pupils go green for school debate

IT’S not every day you stand in for the leader of the Labour Party!

But former Labour councillor Tony Sockett filled Ed Miliband’s shoes at a Doncaster primary school when the MP was forced to pull out of a schoolchildren’s debate on renewable energy.

Coun Sockett, a former council cabinet member, spent the morning at Bentley New Village Primary School, where he acted as chairman for the pupils’ discussions on the positives and negatives of fitting energy-producing solar panels to the school’s roof.

Even though he was unable to make the event in the end, former Government energy secretary Mr Miliband still sent a message of support to the pupils ahead of their debate.

He said: “Alternative energy sources are an issue I care passionately about. Although it’s a hypothetical scenario, it’s great to know that children in my constituency are being given the chance by their teachers to discuss these issues and their possible benefits.”