Teens take part in major politics conference in Sheffield

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A major international politics conference is coming to Sheffield and will have the theme of civic pride this year.

The Political Studies Association is to host more than 170 panel sessions featuring authors from all over the world at Sheffield Town Hall and Sheffield City Hall from March 30.

Renowned and respected professors from around the globe are to speak during the event – which is being held just over a month before the general election in May.

Sheffield politics students have also been invited to a special Q&A session with David Blunkett, who is stepping down as Labour MP for Hillsborough and Brightside in May after a long political career which saw him become Home Secretary.

They will discuss ‘why politics matters to you’ in the debate on the final day of the conference on Wednesday, April 1.

Professor Matthew Flinders, chair of the Political Studies Association and director of the The Crick Centre at The University of Sheffield, said: “The Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield that Sir Bernard Crick established is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and this makes it a particularly appropriate moment for the city to be hosting the conference.”