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Triumphant students claim their prize!

Welsh Assembly Government

Triumphant students claim their prize!

On the 16th September 2009, politics students from Ysgol Morgan Llwyd came to Cardiff Bay to meet with the conventions chair, Sir Emyr Jones-Parry and members of his executive committee, along with Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, and Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, the Assembly's Presiding Officer.

Date of Event: 16/09/2009

Jane Hutt and Sir Emyr Jones-Parry with competition winners.After producing the winning submission in the schools competition, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd students were presented with a certificate by Sir Emyr Jones-Parry and Jane Hutt. They had been invited to come to Cardiff to discuss their views on further law making powers for the Assembly and they had plenty to say!

There was a general consensus that more powers would mean better representation for the people of Wales and a more effective government.  The current system was dismissed as ineffective and in need of much improvement. The students expressed their frustration at having to go ‘cap in hand’ to Westminster, which brought with it a certain amount of shame. There seems to be a belief that Scotland is somehow more capable of legislating competently. The question ‘why are Scotland different?’ was viewed as pertinent to the debate.

Robin Jones, who is studying for and A Level in politics, said:

"So far it’s been a really interesting and stimulating debate. We’ve explored the intricacies of the debate on further powers with Sir Emyr and thoroughly enjoyed the talk on American Politics with Aled Edwards who provided a fascinating insight into the Obama campaign. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the day!"

The All Wales Convention would like to thank the schools who took the time to get involved in the debate, presenting their views in a creative and thought provoking way. All entries can be viewed by clicking on the documents below.

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