Semi-final of the Wokingham Schools’ Debating Competition just around the corner

The semi-final of the annual Wokingham Schools’ Debating Competition is just around the corner. On Thursday the 20th November, teams from the Emmbrook, St. Crispin’s, the Holt School and the Willink will compete against one another, with the two winning teams going through to the final eight days later to compete for the John Redwood Cup.

The semi-final will take place at Wokingham Town Hall, at 7pm, on Thursday the 20th November. The motions to be debated are as follows:

Emmbrook (proposer) vs. St. Crispin’s

This House welcomes the slump in house prices

The Holt (proposer) vs. the Willink

This House welcomes the big cut in energy use as a result of the economic downturn

The final round will take place on Friday the 28th November, in Wokingham Town Hall at 7pm. John Redwood will act as Speaker for the semi-final and final, and the panel of judges will be made up of Sally Bryant from the Wokingham Times, Donald MacDonald from the RBS, and Ian Graham from Clifton Ingram.

The winners of the competition will receive the John Redwood Cup for their school and the two teams to compete in the final round are also invited to spend a day in the House of Commons with John Redwood, which includes lunch and the chance to sit in the audience for Prime Minister’s Questions.

The competition is generously sponsored by RBS, Classicstone Properties, Bill Clark, Clifton Ingram, 3M and Ticheners.

For more information please contact Carl Thomson on 020 7219 4205

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    John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, and graduated from Magdalen College Oxford. He is a Distinguished fellow of All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has set up an investment management business, was both executive and non executive chairman of a quoted industrial PLC, and chaired a manufacturing company with factories in Birmingham, Chicago, India and China. He is the MP for Wokingham, first elected in 1987.

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