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Local politicians are set to face some tough critics tonight during Williamwood High school’s hustings event.

Elected members Jim Murphy, Ken Macintosh, Stewart Maxwell and Jackson Carlaw will be grilled by both pupils and members of the public.

The panel will debate a wide number of subjects from tuition fees to the ongoing crisis in Libya.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along and voice their opinions tonight at 7.45pm. To book tickets, contact the school office on 577 2500.

Both Stewart Maxwell and Ken Macintosh have been preparing for the event by meeting the voters of the future.

Mr Macintosh may have been looking for some debating tips to use this evening when he hosted Eastwood Rotary Club’s Youth Speaker Competition.

High schools across East Renfrewshire competed to be named the top debating team 2011, which was won by St Luke’s.

The Labour MSP said: “Congratulations to all the pupils for an excellent evening of first class debate and interesting discussion.

“The topics covered ranged from the call of celebrity is toxic to the right to free speech. I know the judges had a very hard decision in picking a winning team due to high standards.

“All the schools can be proud of the pupils who represented them.”

West of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell paid a visit to St Joseph’s primary in Busby to present prizes to winning pupils who took part in a European-wide school drawing competition.

The school was nominated by the politician to represent Scotland in the competition which involvedschools from across Europe.

Caterina Lue (8) came in first with Connor Simpson judged to be second and Orla Sweeny in third.

Stewart Maxwell presented each of the winners with a luxury coloured pencil set as well as a printed booklet showing their winning designs alongside others from children across Europe.

Mr Maxwell MSP said:“I was delighted to nominate St Joseph’s to take part as I knew that the pupils there would do a great job representing Scotland in the competition.

“All of the pupils taking part came up with really creative designs and I hope the winners enjoy their prizes and put their new art sets to good use”.