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  • 13 Mar
    Day 1
  • 14 Mar
    Day 2
  • 15 Mar
    Day 3
  • Activity 1
  • Activity 2
  • Activity 3
8:30 - 12:30 Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Live recording of the Wright Stuff debate show
Monday, 13th March, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Bayswater W2 4YN
A visit to Parliament to watch a debate in the House of Commons from the Public Gallery followed by a meeting with Rishi Sunak MP to hear about his experience of being one of only 10 British-Indian Members of Parliament in the UK .
For more information log on to : http://www.debatinglondon.com/uk-india-debate-tour
15.30 - 18.00 Houses of Parliament
Group visit to the Houses of Parliament

A private meeting with Rishi Sunak MP, one of ten British-Indian Members of Parliament for a discussion of his experiences of debating in the House of Commons and being a leader of the Indian community in the UK.   Monday 13th March, Houses of Parliament, Westminster SW1A 0AA  

18:30 - 20:30 Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET London)
Public debate on the future of healthcare

Hosted by Great Debaters Network partners, Spectator Events, join Alastair Stewart and a special guest panel for a lively discussion on healthcare in the 21st century. Speakers include:

  • Professor Tony Young, national clinical lead for innovation, NHS England
  • Prof Nazneen Rahman CBE, Scientist and Doctor, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Lord Andrew Lansley, former Secretary of State for Health
Monday 13th March, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET London), Savoy Place WC2R 0BL  

  • Activity 1
18:30 - 21:00 Exhibition Debate
Motion: 'This House Believes that rising nationalism is due to globalisation'

Exhibition debate in the Churchill Room of Goodenough College, a campus founded in the Victorian era to provide affordable accommodation to international students. The CDC team will debate a team comprised of two Great Debaters Club members and two students. Tuesday 14th March, Churchill Room, Goodenough College WC1N 2AB Notes: CDC selected this motion for two reasons: first it concerns a global phenomenon which is as relevant in India as it is in the UK and elsewhere across the globe, so both teams can draw on examples they are most familiar with from their own countries; second this motion was thought to hold broad appeal to the students at Goodenough College, who CDC team would like to attract in large number.

  • Activity 1
19:00 - 21:30 CDC at the Tea House Theatre
Motion: 'This House Believes a lie that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent'

Public debate in the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall, the home of the Great Debaters Club, where the CDC team will debate a team made up entirely of Great Debaters Club members. Wednesday 15th March, Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL Notes: The venue hosting this debate is known for its celebration of the arts - in particular poetry. Hence, the motion is a quote from William Blake's 'Auguries of Innocence' (1836). Once more it was selected because its ambiguity will allow the teams to draw on many different issues from across the world and avoid becoming too UK-centric.