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  • Russell Brand at the Cambridge Union

    Russell Brand at the Cambridge Union Society

    Russell Brand at the Cambridge Union Society

    Russell Brand at the Cambridge Union, in conversation with Leo Kirby, Lent 2014 Speakers' Officer.

    Maverick actor, comedian, author and burgeoning political activist, Russell Brand is a cultural phenomenon with a phoenix-like ability to rise from the ashes of his own self-destruction.

    A former heroin addict, Russell has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on drug addiction and is now fronting Comic Relief's Give It Up Campaign. Russell encourages abstaining from voting and holds 'not a flicker of doubt' that a revolution is coming.

  • Robert Downey Jr. Speaks at the Cambridge Union

    Robert Downey Jr. Speaks at the Cambridge Union

    Robert Downey Jr. Speaks at the Cambridge Union

    Robert Downey Jr. is currently the highest paid actor in Hollywood, starring in multiple box-office hits such Iron Man, the Avengers and Sherlock Holmes.

    Downey is currently in the UK promoting his new film, The Judge, co-produced by his production company Team Downey and starring Downey himself.

  • This House Would Disestablish the Church of England

    This House Would Disestablish the Church of England

    This House Would Disestablish the Church of England

    The Union tackled one of the pressing constitutional issues of our generation by asking whether coming decisions on the future of the UK’s political structure should also remove the Church of England’s established status within the United Kingdom, and thus its privileged position within British Government.

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    Giles Fraser is a Church of England priest, and a columnist for The Guardian. He is a former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral; responsible for ethics and engagement with the City of London.

    Andrew Copson is the youngest ever Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, and regularly writes for The Guardian and The New Statesman.

    Nia Griffith is the MP for Llanelli and Shadow Minister for Wales. As an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, she has declared the existence of the Lords Spiritual as “totally unacceptable”.

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    Stephen Fry is an activist, comedian, writer, and actor. He identifies as an atheist and humanist, and is a staunch advocate of good science, education and the enlightenment.

    Colin Bloom is Chief Executive of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, which aims to build links between the Conservative Party and the Christian community.

    The Right Reverend Tim Stevens is the Bishop of Leicester and the Church of England’s lead spokesperson on constitutional issues.

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