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YOUNG people got to grill councillors on issues that matter most to them at a conference in Petersfield.

Pupils from Horndean Technology College joined dozens of other schoolchildren from across East Hampshire to take part in a youth conference at the council chamber in Penns Place.

The students faced a quiz on age legislation issues and questioned councillors on matters ranging from the increase in tuition fees to traffic lights outside their school.

Five schools, including Horndean and The Petersfield School, submitted teams of pupils to work up a campaign on a national issue.

Cllr Andrew Joy, who is in charge of community issues in East Hampshire, said: ‘The young people were articulate, engaging and self-assured.’