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The Liskeard Sixth Form Debate Team, consisting of Abi Sharma-Burford, Teighan Borlase, Jordan Hembrow, Rose Mackonockie, Flo Gregory and Josh Cliffe, recently attended Exeter County Hall for a debate competition. The Team had been entered into The European Youth Parliament Debate, for the South West Region.

All students volunteered to take part, giving up several lunch times and meeting after school to plan, discuss and carry out research in preparation for the big day.

After an inspiring introduction from Ben Bradshaw MP, the competition began. There were six rounds of debate and each team represented a Committee, Liskeard being The Committee on Culture and Education.  The students needed to understand all EU issues and take part in every debate, however, Liskeard were tasked with opposing a motion from The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. ‘What stance should the EU take towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations?’ Each debate required one team member to deliver an opening speech, Jordan delivered his speech with confidence and this set the debate off. Everyone put points forward, defending and opposing the issue and after a courageous final speech by Josh the whole room voted with Liskeard School running out the winners as the majority voted to oppose the bill!

At the end of the day, the judges gave feedback to each team. Liskeard were commended on relevant points made during the debate and by their enthusiasm to make a direct response throughout the day. However, they were not chosen to represent the region at the next stage.

Everyone agreed it was an amazing experience. “To be part of this has been fantastic.” said one student and all agreed they would like to take part next year. 

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
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