ELECTION DEBATE: Students help achieve national Twitter trend

BgtLTJkCAAA0JrrStudents helped the YUSU Elections to trend nationally on Twitter last night.

A screenshot shows the event – under #YUSUelections2014 – above Benefits Street’s White D, broadcaster Channel 5 and the Big Issue editor John Bird, who appeared on Benefits Britain – The Live Debate on Monday evening.

Another snap, by YUSU, shows the debate above My Mad Fat Diary star Finn Nelson and England borough Swindon.

The ‘Twitter Wall’ behind the seated candidates and chair Greg Dyke showed the social media action live.

The political event was held at the Roger Kirk Centre on the Heslington West campus on Monday evening.

The 3-hour marathon featured full-time officer candidates vying for student votes in the first televised event since campaigning for the 2014 Election began.

Voters will go to the polls during Week 8 to decide their new student union team.

The results will be announced on Friday 28 February.