• UK-India debate tour

    London - 13th March to 15th March 2017

    The UK-India Debate Tour is a collaboration between the Great Debaters Club and the Calcutta Debating Circle to promote debating as a skill and art form that can bring future leaders together from across the world.

  • 2017 Tour events

    What we will be debating and how you can take part (some events are open to members only)

    Live recording of the Wright Stuff debate show

    Monday, 13th March

    Whiteleys Shopping Centre

    Bayswater W2 4YN

    8.30 am to 11.30 am

    This event is open to Academy and Network members only

    Go behind the scenes of one of the country's leading talk shows to watch a debate on the day's breaking news stories, broadcast live on national television, and meet the show's host Matthew Wright for a private Q&A.

    Group visit to the Houses of Parliament

    Monday 13th March

    Houses of Parliament

    Westminster SW1A 0AA

    3.30 pm to 6.00 pm

    This event is open to Academy and Network members only

    Join us for 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, followed by drinks and dinner in Westminster with the debate teams.

    Public debate on the future of healthcare

    Monday 13th March

    Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET London)

    Savoy Place WC2R 0BL

    6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

    £16.50 for Academy and Network Members

    £26.00 for non-members

    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

    Exhibition debate at Goodenough College

    Tuesday 14th March

    Churchill Room

    Goodenough College WC1N 2AB

    6.30 pm to 9.00 pm

    'This House Believes that rising nationalism is due to globalisation'

    Free to attend but by invitation only due to limited capacity

    See the Calcutta Debating Circle take on the Great Debaters Club with two senior members of each team partnered with two current students in India and the UK, respectively. After opening speeches from each member of both teams, the floor will be opened to the audience for questions and comments.

    Debating London at the Tea House Theatre

    Wednesday 15th March

    Tea House Theatre

    Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL

    7.00 pm to 9.30 pm

    'This House Believes a lie that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent'

    Free to attend and open to anyone

    Inspired by the 200 year old William Blake poem, 'Auguries of Innocence' and its relevance to many of the issues dominating the headlines today, we are devoting our signature event, 'Debating London', to this contest between the Calcutta Debating Circle and a mixed team of trainers and members from the Great Debaters Club. Before the debate, we will also be treated to a reading of the original poem from actor and writer, Alain English.

  • The Great debaters tour of india 2016

    Memories of our visit to Kolkata in December 2016 for the first UK-India debate tour

    Video of the 2016 Exhibition Debate in Kolkata

    This House Believes 'Governments should govern not gamble'

    Exhibition Debate

    Sitting with the UK Deputy High Commissioner to India, while we wait to be introduced to 1500-strong crowd

    School debate training workshop

    Debater trainer, Cameo Choquer, leading a class of young debaters from a collection of local schools

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