THE SNP has surprisingly won its first election in England - at a primary school in Norfolk.
Pupils in Year 5 at Peterhouse Primary Academy in Gorleston took part in a mock general election last week, with pupils put forward as party members and candidates campaigning for votes.
Along with campaign posters, six students representing the leaders of the six main parties, took to the stage during assemblies and delivered speeches based on actual education policies.
The Tories were represented by Danny Docwra, aged 9; 10-year-old Charlie Jordan campaigned for Labour; Riley Coe, 10, took on the role as Liberal Democrat candidate; Travis Trussler, also 10, stood for Ukip while Connor Dutton and Emily Stonehouse, both aged 10, represented the Greens and the SNP respectively.
The pupils were instructed to research each party’s policy on education, and deliver them to the school before a secret ballot was held.
After the votes were counted up, the SNP candidate Emily Stonehouse was declared the winner.
Emily told the Great Yarmouth Mercury that she was ‘overjoyed’ at her victory.
When asked what she thought helped her to success, she added: “The policies, which included free nursery places for three and four-year-olds.”
Her deputy, Keegan King, said: “They had a lot of support in the other years within the school, including Emily’s brother and sister who were behind her all the way.”
The SNP’s ‘victory’ comes just days after it was revealed that Nicola Sturgeon was the ‘most Googled’ party leader in some English constituencies including Sefton Central, Maidenhead, Leicestershire South, Louth & Horncastle and City of Chester.