For the past decade, the Hull Politics Department has organised a Sixth-Form Conference for schools in the region. This year’s took place yesterday, with nearly 400 students, drawn from 18 schools, attending.
I opened the conference with a talk on the ‘Politics of Coalition’ and was followed by Alan Johnson MP on ‘The Politics of Labour’. Hull politics graduate Lucie Kon – now Head of Engagement for the BBC – talked on ‘Politics of the media’ and after lunch the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, spoke on the role of the House of Lords. The conference closed, as it always has, with a Question and Answer session, this year – not for the first time – a lively one, with Andrew Percy MP (Con), Diana Johnson MP (Lab), Rebecca Taylor MEP (Lib Dem) and Professor Caroline Kennedy.
Students were invited to tweet during the conference, though not all quite grasped that the intention was to tweet about the conference and not to comment on other individuals sat in the audience. The best tweeters during the course of the morning were invited to join staff and teachers for lunch. The picture shows Baroness D’Souza and me with the winners.