Ben Mallon who is going to the Republican Party Convention
pictured with Jeffrey Donaldson.
A BUDDING young politician from Stoneyford
will jet off to America this weekend to attend the Republican
Benjamin Mallon, 19, a student at Stranmillis
University College, is one of two candidates from across the
whole UK invited to attend the major US Presidential Conventions
in election year.
The Washington Centre, a US Educational
Foundation, via the US Embassy in London, selected the students.
"I am really looking forward to it," said Ben
who will go to the Republican Party Convention in Minneapolis.
"During the week I have been asked to address
approximately 150 Senior Party officials on the topic of youth
participation in political decision making and this is will be a
brilliant experience," he added.
Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson
congratulated Ben and described it as "quite an achievemnet for
a young person from Northern Ireland to be selected to take part
in this highly prestigious political event."
"We are always trying to encourage more young
people to take part in politics," said Mr Donaldson.
With a passion for politics this will surely
prove an historic and momentous occasion for the local man who
is a member of UK Youth Parliament and has considerable
responsibilities as a member of the NI Youth Forum and Belfast
City Council Youth Forum.
Ben explained that during the convention the
students volunteer for convention-related assignments and attend
convention receptions and rallies.
Topics include the history of political
campaigns and conventions, the nomination process, convention
planning and procedures, party organisations, campaign finance
and media coverage.
The second week focuses on campaign issues
and strategies and other important political topics climaxing in
the formal nomination of Presidential and Vice Presidental