Students tackle the politicians during debate at University of Hull
SIXTH form students from across the region have had the chance to challenge MPs during a politics debate.
The University of Hull played host to the conference, which saw 300 teenagers discuss a host of political issues.
Students had the chance to discuss ideas for new laws, hear from serving politicians, find out more about how politics impacts on everyday lives and how recent changes have altered the landscape of party politics.
The conference at the Cottingham Road campus saw much of the discussion centred around the role of political parties in the light of the coalition Government.
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Speakers included Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis, who spoke about the Conservative Party in the context of the coalition and what the future may hold.
Senior politics lecturer at the University of Hull Matt Beech then presented the case for the Labour Party in opposition.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson and Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy joined in the day alongside other key figures from the region in an open forum panel session.
They were quizzed by the students who also got the chance to find out more about what it is like to study politics at university.
Professor Lord Norton of Louth, who runs the British politics and legislative studies course, said: "The sixth form conference is always an exciting opportunity to meet fresh young thinkers and hear what they have to say about politics.
"Politics exists in almost everything, and it is so important to be able to understand and challenge the way the world works.
"The University of Hull politics and international studies department has a long history of inspiring students, with graduates often going on to work in highly influential settings including in parliament and other civil service roles.
"The conference is a wonderful chance for sixth formers to meet other like-minded students, get a taste of what it is like to study politics at university, and to put a few well-known politicians on the spot, too."