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This House Believes that World War One has been Unnecessarily Glorified
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This House Believes that World War One has been Unnecessarily Glorified

This House Believes that World War One has been Unnecessarily Glorified

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The legacy of the First World War has played a huge part in Britain’s national life and identity for almost one hundred years especially through Remembrance. Tonight we debate whether that legacy has been unnecessarily glorified.

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Professor Robert Tombs is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The English and their History, which is due to appear next month.

Professor David Edgerton is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at King’s College London, and has written several prominent books on Britain’s military history.

George Clay is a second year historian at Jesus College. He has won numerous national debating competitions, and recently came top of the team rankings at the European Universities Debating Championships.

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Dr Andrew Murrison MP is the Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire, and has served in the Navy as a medical officer during numerous conflicts.

Lieutenant General Sir Alastair Irwin served in the Armed Forces from 1970 until 2005, commanding a number of groups during that term. He is the President of the Royal British Legion for Scotland.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a socially conservative journalist and entrepreneur. He has written for numerous publications, including Business Insider and Breitbart.com.

This House Would Swipe Right
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This House Would Swipe Right

This House Would Swipe Right

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The Cambridge Footlights take on the Oxford Revue in this legendary battle to settle the ultimate Tinder question, should you swipe right? The Footlights came out on top last time, will they continue their winning streak?

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PROPOSITION: The Cambridge Footlights
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Theo Wethered

Jordan Mitchell

Guy Emanuel

Sam Grabiner

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OPPOSITION: The Oxford Revue
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Jack Chisnall

Tom Dowling

Kieran Ahern

This House Believes Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability
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This House Believes Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability

This House Believes Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability

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Vladimir Putin has now led Russia into wars in Chechnya, Georgia and most recently Ukraine since coming to power. Given the ongoing standoff between the Ukrainian Government and pro-Russian rebels on the borders of Europe, we ask whether the Russian President’s actions are a threat to global security.

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Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent for the Guardian. Harding has been a critic of the Putin regime, consequently being expelled from Russia in 2011.

Oliver Bullough is a freelance journalist writing primarily about Russia. He has written for Reuters' Moscow bureau, and was shortlisted for the Orwell prize for his book let Our Fame Be Great.

Simon Ostrovsky is a Soviet-born reporter for VICE News, working on a series of reports from Ukraine called Russian Roulette.

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Peter Hitchens writes for the Mail on Sunday, previously reporting from Moscow and Washington. In 2010 he received the Orwell prize for outstanding political writing.

Amie Ferris-Rotman is a journalist who has previously served in the Moscow bureau as an energy reporter and political correspondent, and more recently, senior correspondent in Afghanistan. She is also a Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Jordan Anderson is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African studies and King's College London, Jordan is a current World Masters Debating Champion, and works at a foreign embassy in London.

This House Believes that Western Feminism has Failed the Developing World
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This House Believes that Western Feminism has Failed the Developing World

This House Believes that Western Feminism has Failed the Developing World

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Historically feminism has been dominated by privileged women - we ask whether the movement has failed and is failing those most in need of aid.

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Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards, was previously CEO of Oxfam GB. Notably she worked to alleviate crises in the Middle East and Asia.

Srishti Krishnamoothy is a 2nd year doctoral candidate in english at Newnham, has broken as speaker and judge at multiple intervarsity debating tournaments,and is one of the chief adjudicators of the Cambridge Women's Open.

Sharmila Parmanand was co-CA of world universities debating championships, and has multiple breaks as speaker and judge at international debating tournaments. She has a masters in gender and development from the University of Melbourne and ispolicy director of visayan forum, a Philippine-based NGO working to address modern slavery

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Dr Ruba Salih teaches Gender Studies at the University of London. She actively supports the "Women Against Sanctions, War and Militarization of Middle East" movement.

Tehmina Kazi is director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and her research focuses on human rights issues, particularly violence against women in South Asia.

Leyla Hussein is a campaigner against FGM and violence against women and children. She is co-founder of Daughters of Eve and presented The Cruel Cut documentary.

This House Believes that Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability
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This House Believes that Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability

This House Believes that Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability

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This House Would Swipe Right
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This House Would Swipe Right

This House Would Swipe Right

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The Cambridge Footlights take on the Oxford Revue in this legendary battle to settle the ultimate Tinder question, should you swipe right? The Footlights came out on top last time, will they continue their winning streak?

PROPOSITION: The Cambridge Footlights

Theo Wethered

Jordan Mitchell

Guy Emanuel

Sam Grabiner

OPPOSITION: The Oxford Revue

Jack Chisnall

Tom Dowling

Kieran Ahern

This House Believes that Scientists Should Run the Country
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This House Believes that Scientists Should Run the Country

This House Believes that Scientists Should Run the Country

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In spite of its reputation as a powerhouse of invention and academia, Britain is a country with only a single scientist in Parliament. In the final debate of term, we ask whether politicians are really the best people to run the country.

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Tim Squirrell is the outgoing President of the Cambridge Union Society, and is distinguished from this lineup only by his impressive lack of qualifications and experience.

Professor David Nutt is Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, having previously served as the chairman of the government Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Lord Robert Winston has made a career in science, the media and politics, serving in many posts in the House of Lords and a number of universities, and presenting many BBC science series, as well as lecturing on science literacy.

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Andrew Miller MP has been the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston since 1992, and is the chair of the Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Sir Mark Walport has been the Government Chief Scientific Advisor since 2013, before which he was the Director of the Wellcome Trust for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

This House Believes that Austerity Works
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This House Believes that Austerity Works

This House Believes that Austerity Works

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After four years of sustained spending cuts under the coalition government, many believe that austerity is failing to resolve the financial crash, and perhaps even exacerbating its effects. The economy may at last be picking up, but this highly contentious policy will no doubt dominate the 2015 general election.

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Professor Tim Congdon CBE is an economist and businessman. He was a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters (the so-called “wise men”) between 1992 and 1997 and stood for UKIP in the 2010 General Election.

Michael Dunn Goekjian was the Easter 2013 President of the Cambridge Union. He is also a third-year mathematician at Trinity and a competitive debater.

Thomas Simpson is a second year economist at Gonville and Caius, current Debating Officer at the Union and a keen competitive debater.

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Chris Dillow is economics writer for the Investors Chronicle and author of 'New Labour and the End of Politics'. He blogs at Stumbling and Mumbling, where he describes himself as "an extremist, not a fanatic".

Clare Soloman, of the People's Assembly Against Austerity, co-edited 'Springtime: The New Student Rebellions'. Clare was formerly the President of the University of London.

Dr Martin O'Donnell is a sociologist who teaches at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. He is chair of the local branch of the Communist party.