The 2013 Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference

Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza with Lord Norton and 6th Formers MSP_9906 copyFor 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.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to The 2013 Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference

  1. Neil M says:

    Am impressed by the trouble you took to choose a tie that reflected the theme of your talk on the “Politics of Coalition” – blue and yellow spirals. Although a bit surprised that the name badge was required – presumably the room was sufficiently well stocked with publicity material from recent publications!

  2. Lord Norton says:

    Neil M: It’s my old school tie, which I wore because pupils from Louth King Edward VI Grammar School were attending. As for the name badge, see the earlier post about my innate modesty.

  3. maude elwes says:

    I bet the tag said plain old Phillip Norton. He was modest in keeping his entitlements under wrap. LOL

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