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.

This House Believes Space Exploration is Worth the Cost

As the global political community continues to tighten its economic belt, scientists and charity experts alike came together to place the necessity of space exploration in the context of other pressing global issues and other areas of scientific research.

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Dr. Christine Corbett Moran is a computational astrophysicist formerly employed at SpaceX. Based in LA, she is presently a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech doing research on galaxy formation, black holes, and the mysteries of the gravitational force.

This House is Overworked and Undersexed (Comedy Debate)

**We apologise for technical errors that resulted in the loss of the start of this debate**

As Valentine’s Day approached, the Union welcomed current-Oxbridge comics, professional comedians and an ex-star of Made in Chelsea to discuss their sex lives... What could possibly go wrong?

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Ollie Locke is a reality TV star and writer, who is best known for his appearances on Made in Chelsea and Celebrity Big Brother. In 2013, he wrote his tell-all book, ‘Laid in Chelsea‘.

This House Would Bring Back Grammar Schools

With the Government’s program of education reform well underway, the Union questions the continued existence of grammar schools in the United Kingdom, and whether they should not just be tolerated, but be allowed to expand once more.

This debate was sponsored by TeachFirst.

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Robert McCartney is the Chairman of the National Grammar Schools Association, an organisation which seeks to promote selective education.

This House Would Legalise the Sex Industry

The sex industry has split feminism and politics alike, with successive governments failing to legislate on it fully either way. The Union asked whether it is time to legalize an often forgotten industry.

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Miranda Kane is a writer and comedienne, famous for her one-woman show ‘The Coin-Operated Girl’, based on her experiences of life as an escort.

Zoe Alipranti is a History student at Trinity and a University level competitive debater.

This House Believes Israel is a Rogue State

RESULT: Ayes 51%, Noes 19%, Abstentions 30%. Representing a 7% swing to the proposition from the pre-debate vote to the post-debate vote.

The Israel/Palestine crisis has existed since Israel’s formation; with neither side gaining the upper hand despite decades of suffering. In this debate we turned to Israel, and asked whether it was time we declared them a rogue state.

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This House Supports the Government's Cuts to Legal Aid

Across the past two years, Legal Aid has seen huge funding cuts. In the final debate of Lebt 2015; the Union asked whether the changes are an assault on access to justice, or a necessary limit to a system that has ballooned excessively.

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Jonathan Djanogly is MP for Huntingdon. As a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, he introduced and led the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill in 2011.