Past Debates

2014 – 15 academic year
Chair Aparna Chandrasekar

27th November 2014, The Great British General Election Debate

Green Party- Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party

Conservative Party- Sir Alan Duncan, MP and Former Minister for International Development

UK Independence Party- James Carver, MEP for West Midlands

Liberal Democrats-Lord Richard Newby, Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords

Labour Party- Dr. Lynette Kelly, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Warwick and Leamington



30th October 2014, This House Supports the Aggressive Redistribution of Wealth  MOTION DEFEATED


Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party politician and member of Socialist Campaign Group

Professor Adam Swift, Political theory professor at University of Warwick

Nick Dearden, Director of World Development Movement


Liam Halligan, journalist at the Sunday Telegraph

Professor David Myddelton,  Vice President of Society for Individual Freedom and Chairman at the Institute for Economic Affairs

Dr. Steve Davies, Education Director at the Institute for Economic Affairs


9th October 2014, This House Believes That China will be the dominant world power in the 21st Century – MOTION DEFEATED


Dr. Miwa Hirono, professor at Politics and International Studies department at University of Nottingham

Edward Mancey, former President of Warwick Debating Society


Sir John Boyd, Chairman of Asia House and Former British Ambassador to Japan

Jonathan Fenby, Managing Director of China Team at Trusted Sources, author of ‘Will China dominate the 21st Century?’ and ‘Tiger Head, Snake Tails’

2013 – 14 academic year
Chair Louise Forsyth


17th February 2014, THW Prioritise Economic Growth Over Combatting Climate Change – MOTION DEFEATED


Ryan Bourne, Head of Policy at Institute of Economic Affairs, Former Head of Economic Research at Centre for Policy Studies, an economic think tank founded by Margaret Thatcher.

James Delingpole, journalist for the Spectator, columnist for the Times, former Telegraph columnist. 


Councillor William Duckworth, Deputy Leader for the Green Party. 

Dr. Ian Davidson, Birmingham University academic, Green Party election candidate for Warwick and Leamington 2010. 


4th February 2014, THBT Margaret Thatcher Was a Feminist Icon – MOTION DEFEATED


Oliver Cooper, National Chairman of Conservative Future. 

Georgina Stockley, Warwick Conservative Association. 


Charlotte Raven, Editor of the Feminist Times and Guardian Columnist. 

Rachel Roberts, Independent Columnist. 

Unfortunately due to illness and travel issues respectively, Ms Raven and Ms Roberts were unable to make the event on the night.

We are grateful to George Bainbridge, and James Wood for stepping in at short notice. George Bainbridge won NAMDA Novice Debating Championship 2012, and has been a finalist in several Inter-Varsity tournaments since. James Wood spoke at World Universities Debating Championship in Chennai 2013.


29th October 2013, THBT Morality Requires a GodMOTION DEFEATED.


Abdullah al Andalusiinternational speaker and activist, co-founder of the Muslim Debate Initiative.

Father Henry WansbroughBiblical scholar and monk of Ampleforth Abbey, Cathedral Prior of Norwich and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.


Andrew CopsonChief Executive of the British Humanist Association, regular contributor to The Guardian and New Statesman.

David PollockChair of the Rationalist Association and publisher of New Humanist magazine.

29th October 2013, THW Ban Page 3 – MOTION CARRIED

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Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Media, Culture and Sport. Actively against the notion of Page 3 and has signed the petition to have the feature removed from the newspaper. 

Lisa Clarke,  No More Page 3 campaign, HQ-er from the Midlands. 


Raheem Kassam, Executive Editor of Trending Central, former Editor of British political magazine the Commentator. Director of Student Rights and has previously appeared on Channel 4. 

Natasha Devon, founder of Body Gossip self-esteem classes for teenagers which has received recognition from Minister for Equalities Jo Swinson and Gok Wan, and has been delivered to over 25,000 teenagers throughout the UK. . She writes for the Sun, the Independent, the Times Educational Supplement and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She appears regularly on Sky News and ITV1’s This Morning.

This debate was reported in national news. 


7th October 2013, THBT the Arab Spring Has Caused More Harm Than Good – MOTION DEFEATED


Barak Seener, Middle East Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

Dr. Maria Holt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster. Senior Lecturer in the Democracy and Islam programme as part of the University Politics and International Relations Department. 


Dr. Noel Brehony, Chair of Menas Associates. Former diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 26 years, former President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Recently published a book on Yemen. 

Meg Munn MP, Labour Cooperative MP for Sheffield Heeley. Former Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Former Under Secretary for Women and Equalities. 


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2012 – 13 academic year
Chair Akash Sharma


21st February 2013, This House Would Spend and Stimulate – MOTION CARRIED. 


Professor Marcus Miller – Economics Professor at the University of Warwick specialising in Macroeconomics and Global Finance. Former Economist and Consultant at the Bank of England, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Central Bank

Abinhay Muthoo – Head of Warwick Economics Department, which is regarded as one of the best Economics departments in the UK and Europe.


Matthew Sinclair – CEO of the TaxPayer’s Alliance. Author of the influential book ‘How to Cut Public Spending (and still win an election)’ and  ‘Let Them Eat Carbon: The Price of Failing Climate Change Policies, and How Governments and Big Business Profit From Them’.

Ryan Bourne – Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies (Think Tank founded by Margaret Thatcher). Graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Economics, before completing his MPhil there.


17th January 2013, This House Would Ban Animal Testing – MOTION DEFEATED.


Dr Judy MacArthur Clark
– Head of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit at the Home Office
– Former Chief Inspector at Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate


Dr. Adrian Stallwood – Scientific Consultant for Animal Aid (UK’s largest animal rights group). Co-authored a major scientific report on charity-funded animal research for cardiovascular, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Andrew Knight – European Veterinary Specialist in Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and author of ‘The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments’.


Professor Mike Barer – College Director of Research at University of Leicester. Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist

John Meredith – Education Manager at Understanding Animal Research.


21st November 2012, This House Would Make Abstinence Lessons Compulsory for School Girls – MOTION DEFEATED.


Matthew Brinkley – speaker from Challenge Team UK, an organisation which advocates abstinence in schools without direct religious reference.

Local UKIP Minister.


Chris Bryant MP – Labour MP for Rhondda. Current Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration,  and formerly served as Secretary of State for Equality and Minister for Women from 2007 – 2008.

Andrew Copson – CEO of the British Humanist Association and regular contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman.


11th October 2012, This House Would Rather a Nuclear Armed Iran than War – MOTION DEFEATED.


Peter Jenkins –  British Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations in Vienna (2001-06). Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva (1996-2001)

Dr Christian Emery – LSE academic, specialising in Iranian politics and US-Iranian relations


Jonathon Sacerdoti – Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy.

Davis Lewin – Political director at the Henry Jackson Society.

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