SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck passed on her election-winning skills to pupils at a South Tyneside school.
The town’s first female MP coached candidates at Mortimer Community College as they campaigned for the positions of head boy and head girl.
She then returned to announce the winners of the school-wide vote.
Rachel Clark and Sabah Ahmed emerged victorious in a close-run poll, and will now act as ambassadors for the school.
Their first role was to address parents and children at the school’s Year 6 open evening.
Emma Doherty, head of citizenship at the school in Reading Road, South Shields, said: “Emma came into the school prior to the campaign week and gave the candidates some tips on how to be successful at campaigning.
“The students spent the week going out around the school campaigning and telling other students why they should vote for them.
“We were loaned ballot boxes and polling station signs from the town hall and set the reception area up like a proper polling station, to educate the students on how to vote so that they are ready when the time comes.
“At the last local government elections, only 34 per cent of people turned out to vote, so we are trying to demonstrate the importance of having a vote and making that decision.
“Rachel and Sabah will represent the school and act as a voice for the students.
“Each candidate had ideas about how they would improve the school, from regular tannoy announcements about events to organising more fundraising activities.
“All the candidates did very well.
“Obviously there was disappointment for the ones who didn’t make it, but we are going to try and give them a role of some sort.”
Mrs Lewell-Buck replaced former Foreign Secretary David Miliband as the town’s MP in a by-election, prompted by his resignation in May this year.
She said: “I was proud to announce the head boy and head girl at Mortimer Community College.
“I know how hard elections can be. Well done Rachel and Shaba.”