DWF Manchester IV 2015

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With over 250 people involved in this years Manchester IV, it promises to DWF Manchester IV 2015be a huge weekend for debating. Our CA team consists of  Adam Hawksbee, Amanda Moorghen, Cerys Bradley and Daan Welling, coupled our equity officer Fiona Brittle  – all eminent speakers & judges.


  • Pro-Am Break Winners: Birmingham Regina
    Speakers: Becki Howarth and Katie Ratcliffe
  • ESL Break Winners: Leiden A                           Click here for the ESL Final Video!
    Speakers: Roel Becker and Sarah Rust
  • Open Final Competitors:
    OG – Strathclyde A                  OO – Oxford SC
    CG – Cambridge WW               CO – Karaoke Tiebreaker
  • Winners of the Manchester IV 2015: Cambridge WW
    Speakers: Ashish Kumar and Michael Dunn

Congratulations to all the teams & speakers involved!

CA Workshops Playlist:


Day One
  • Round 1: This House believes that the EU should openly fund secular, pro democracy and pro human rights political parties and civil society groups in countries with oppressive regimes
  • Round 2: This House believes that the NAACP* should publicly condemn white artists who appropriate black culture.
    *National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an advocacy group for African-Americans
  • Round 3: This House believes that companies that produce pornography should be run by a co-operative of their female performers
  • Round 4: This House would transfer complete strategic control of the NHS to a body of experts, appointed by experienced medical practitioners and not accountable to Parliament
  • Round 5: This House believes that Governments should not publicly discuss anti-terror laws and state security in the wake of terrorist attacks
Day Two
  • Quarter-Finals: This House, as an up and coming female artist, would publicly decline a leading role in a Roman Polanski film [an info slide was provided]
  • Semi-Finals: This House would criminalise the the use and creation of unauthorised anonymous communication providers and network browsers [an info slide was provided]
  • Pro-Am Final: This House believes that states should not commemorate the veterans of conflicts that are now considered to be unjustified
  • ESL Final: This House believes that, even if human life could be extended indefinitely, society should choose to end each individuals life at 100 years
  • Open Final: This House welcomes the rise of the far left in continental Europe (e.g. Syriza, Podemos)

Manchester IV Video:

 Competition Photos:

Video: This House Would Repeal the Human Rights Act

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

The Human Rights Act (1998) entrenches the UKs relationship with the European Convention of Human Rights. Supporters of the HRA and the ECHR argue that they protect basic human rights and civil liberties, and prevent successive governments from ignoring these rights for political means. However they have come under criticism in recent years, both for being expensive and difficult to access for individuals, but it has also been accused of being overly political correct and ignoring the soverignty and will of the British parliament. Join us this week where we ask Manchester Debating Union ask: should we repeal the Human Rights Act?

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Success at Red Rose Novice 2014

Well done to everyone at Red Rose Novice Tournament, it was a very strong showing for Manchester. Congratulations must go to two of our novices, Isabel Adame and Cory Hooper, who won the entire competition!

With that and multiple students making it onto the top 10 speaker list, four fighting their way to the final, it was an exceptionally successful day for our competitors.

Also it should be celebrated that Katie McKellar and Becky Montacute broke as Judges! Good job Manchester.

Image credits – Alex Treece, Becky Montacute, Isabel Adame