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Motions revealed for the annual Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Parliamentary Debating Competition

The motions to be debated in the first round of the annual Royal Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Parliamentary Debating Competition have been revealed today.

Students from secondary schools across Sutton Coldfield are preparing for the competition which will take place on Thursday 1 March, and is hosted by last year’s winners, the Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School.

The first round motions will be debated with proposing and opposing schools as follows:

“This House believes that freedom of speech should be protected at all costs”

John Wilmott vs Arthur Terry
“This House believes it is moral to raise taxes on all airline travel.”

Plantsbrook vs Sutton Girls
“This House would make voting in general elections compulsory”

Bishop Vesey vs Sutton Coldfield College
“This House would ban all zoos on the grounds of animal welfare”

Also revealed today is the Judging Panel, which this year includes Gary Phelps, Editor of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, Ernie Murray, the Chief Executive of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE, former Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands.

Andrew Mitchell MP, who founded the competition which is now in its sixteenth year, said, “The Competition promises to be a challenging and interesting one for Sutton Coldfield’s budding politicians. The first round will be followed by another round of debates on unseen motions to be revealed on the night and teams will have to prepare against the clock.

Shortly following the announcement, Andrew Mitchell said: “I would also like to thank Birmingham Metropolitan College for their generosity in sponsoring the trophies and the visit to the House of Commons for the participants. I know that Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is working hard on this year’s competition and I am very much looking forward to chairing the debates next week and to hear our local students tackle these contentious and engaging issues.”

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