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North & South Belfast students "Talk Politics" with local MLAs

Flag flying, economic recovery and the question of an Assembly opposition were all hot topics today when students from North and South Belfast quizzed their local MLAs on the issues that matter to them.

The Let’s Talk style discussion was organised by the Assembly’s Education Service in conjunction with the Peace and Reconciliation Group which have held a number of similar events in the North West.

Hosting the panel section of the event was the BBCs Political Editor Mark Devenport who was on hand to field questions from students and to steer the debate.

As well as debating a number of topical issues, the students were able to hold in-depth talks with their local representatives through a series of round table discussions. The session ended with a mock election, where the young people discussed electoral systems and challenged traditional voting patterns.

The event was a great way of stimulating an interest in politics and society and it provided an excellent opportunity for young people to put their very particular points of views across to MLAs.