Dean Russell MP and Gagan Mohindra MP recently hosted a Parliamentary Debating Competition. The event brought together schools from across Watford and South West Herts for a spirited exchange of ideas and perspectives.
The participating schools, including Watford Boys, Watford Girls, Parmiters from Watford, and Ashlyns, St Clement Danes, Croxley Danes, and Merchant Taylors from South West Herts, engaged in rigorous qualifying rounds, semi-finals, and a gripping final to clinch the coveted title and prizes.
The motions presented during the competition spanned a spectrum of issues, from significant questions in British politics such as the voting system and the voting age to environmental and social concerns and international relations.
In a keenly contested final round, Ashlyns and Watford Boys emerged as the contenders, with Watford Boys ultimately securing the title. The judges for the competition included distinguished individuals such as Richard Coles, Lord Ghadia, Councillor Reena Ranger, Emma Pryor, Chief Inspector Andy Wiseman, and Caroline Clapper, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the evaluation process.
Dean Russell MP expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, "Debating is a central part of democracy and our politics. This competition provided a fantastic opportunity for students to put their debating skills to the test, gaining valuable experience within the halls of Westminster. I am confident that many of these talented individuals will go on to become fantastic politicians if that's the path they choose."
Gagan Mohindra MP echoed these sentiments, emphasising the importance of fostering debating skills among the youth for a robust democratic future.