Government and Politics Conference 2015

One hundred Welsh sixth-form students from across Wales gained first-hand experience of life in the National Assembly for Wales at the annual Government and Politics conference, which took place on 11 and 12 February.

The two-day event featured a series of presentations and workshops designed to educate students on the work of the Assembly and provide an opportunity for them to air their views on issues important to them.

Among the speakers this year were the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM; Lleu Williams and Professor Richard Wyn Jones from the Wales Governance Centre; Desmond Clifford, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister for Wales; Matthew Francis, Public Affairs Assistant at Cardiff University; and Chris Warner, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service at the National Assembly for Wales.

View a video showing students and speakers reflecting on the conference below.

Students also took part in workshops to debate the UK constitution, and worked with the four main political parties to create their own manifestos. One of the highlights was the Question and Answer session with representatives from three of the political parties.

The event was hosted by the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, who has put young people at the heart of the Assembly’s drive to increase engagement with the work of the National Assembly.

View a slideshow of pictures from the conference below.

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