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Ed Miliband brings One Nation tour to Central Campus, Sandwell College

Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, was grilled by students and apprentices at Central Campus, Sandwell College, when he visited the iconic new building with Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg.

The Leader of the Opposition held an hour-long Q & A session under the spotlight of the national and local media as part of his One Nation tour.

Sixth formers and students from Public Services, Hair and Beauty, and Construction departments were selected to sit in the audience, while other learners enjoyed a bird’s eye view from the balconies.

Mr Miliband thanked everyone at Sandwell College for the "fantastic welcome" and congratulated Principal Val Bailey on her "inspirational leadership" and the great work being done by staff and students.

Senior college staff and chair of governors John Tew accompanied the special guest on a walkabout around the state-of-the-art college which opened just under a year ago.

Mr Miliband toured carpentry and automotive workshops, where he talked to students and apprentices about future opportunities.

After highlighting plans to tackle youth unemployment, the Labour leader and Mr Twigg took questions on a wide range of topics.

College students and members of Sandwell Youth Cabinet and Smethwick Youth Council were among those firing questions during the debate.

Photograph by student Ben Lamming

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