April 2019 – Brexit

On Monday, 1st April, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes a soft Brexit is the solution closest to squaring the different political currents of the UK. It was proposed by Peter Hulme-Cross and opposed by Rodrigo Aguilera.   The debate was lively, with passionate views on both sides.  The proposer outlined a number of […]

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March 2019 – green belt housing

On Monday, 4th March, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that much more housing needs to be built on Green Belt land. It was proposed by Edmund West and opposed by Tony Koutsoumbos.   The proposer made an impassioned argument that the UK’s restrictive housing policies have led our major economy to have the […]

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February 2019 – knife crime

On Monday, 4th February, the Sylvans debated the motion: ‘this House believes that youth stabbings should mainly be treated as a health issue.’ It was proposed by Elaine McLean and opposed by James Partridge. The House heard from a number of impassioned speakers with first-hand experience of knife crime, or who have lived in fear […]

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January 2019 – environment

On Monday, 7th January, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘this House believes the UK needs to invest urgently to slow climate change and improve air quality.’ It was proposed by Gwyn Redgers and opposed by Ross Hunter. The debate ranged across a number of environment-related topics. We heard several impassioned pleas for improvements to our environment, […]

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November 2018 – 150th Anniversary

On Monday, 5th November, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘this House believes the United Kingdom’s constitution is strong.’ It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by Tony Koutsoumbos. Both our main speakers provided weighty contributions to begin the debate.  The proposer provided a broad overview of the historical development of the UK’s constitution, and […]

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