• Welcome

    Welcome to the Manchester Debating Union, Britain's largest debating society

  • Award-winning

    We were voted Best Politics and Debate Society in 2011 and 2012.

  • Competitions

    We debate competitively at British, European, and International levels.

  • What we do

    Come see us every Tuesday for training and every Thursday for a great public debate!

Welcome to the Manchester Debating Union

The Manchester Debating Union (MDU) is the home of free speech and debate for all Universities in Manchester. We hold public debates every week featuring high profile journalists, politicians and academics. Debates are on a wide range of topics; from Economics to Feminism, Philosophy to International Relations. We also hold Debating Workshops, giving our members the opportunity to build their debating skills and attend competitive debating competitions in both the UK and abroad.

Term Card: Autumn 2014.

Training takes place 5pm Tuesday in Rm 4.4 Roscoe Building. Public debates generally take place at 5pm on Thursday in Lecture Theatre B, Roscoe Building. See our calendar for more details.

We predominantly use the mdunion Facebook group to relay information regarding events and competitions.

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MDU alumnus James Dixon won Leeds Mace 2015 #
Conor Ardill broke to the final of Leeds Mace 2015 #
MDU alumnus Henry Phipps broke to the final of Nottingham Open 2015 #
Trevell Paul was top novice speaker at Nottingham Open 2015 #
Trevell Paul & Sam Ward were the top novice team at Nottingham Open 2015 #
Kelvin Anim & James Dixon broke to the semi-finals of the LSE Open 2015 #
Kelvin Anim and Coby Tunnicliffe broke to semi-finals of Durham IV 2014 #
Isabel Adame and Cory Hooper won the Red Rose Novice Tournament 2014 #
Katie McKellar and Becky Montacute break as judges in the Red Rose Novice 2014 #
Congratulations to Manting Chen for breaking 3rd in the ESL break of the LSE Open #

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DWF Manchester IV 2015


Coverage as it happens, motions published here first.

THW Repeal the Human Rights Act

Video: This House Would Repeal the Human Rights Act


The Manchester Debating Union are back with our first public debate of the semester!

Legalise All Drugs

Video: Legalisation of all Drugs


Christian Barrow returns to the MDU, speaking for side proposition.


Success at Red Rose Novice 2014


Manchester won the competition with two of our teams in the final, taking two judge breaks as well!

This house would leave the EU

Video: This house would leave the EU


See the video from our first public debate of this year!

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