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Pupils participate in Senedd Government and Politics Conference 2015A hundred 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 that are important to them. 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. Among the speakers this year were the First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones AM who answered questions from the students, Professor Richard Wyn Jones who looked at What next after the Scottish Referendum, Desmond Clifford Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister of Wales who looked at the role of the Civil Service; Lleu Williams from Cardiff University Wales Governance centre, Mathew Francis, Public Affairs Assistant, Cardiff University and Chris Warner, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service at the National Assembly for Wales. Students took part in workshops to debate the changing constitution of the UK and work with the main four political parties to write manifestos.