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The Bicentenary Debate: This House Isn't What it Used to Be

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As the Union welcomes back 250 former Presidents and Officers to celebrate its Bicentenary, we welcome some of the finest former Presidents in the Union’s existence to debate the highs and lows of our long and controversial history. In the Chair: Amy Gregg, President of the Union (Lent 2015) Teller for the Ayes: Stephen Parkinson, Vice-Chairman of the 2015 Steering Committee Teller for the Noes: Alessandro Forzani, Chairman of the 2015 Steering Committee ****************** PROPOSITION ****************** Kenneth Clarke has been a Member of Parliament since 1970 and is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. He read Law at Caius and was President in Easter 1963. Lord Michael Howard is the former Leader of the Conservative Party and former Leader of the Opposition. He read Economics and Law at Peterhouse and was President in Easter 1962. Baroness Ann Mallalieu is a Labour life peer, former Barister and President of the Countryside Alliance. She read law at Newnham and was the first ever female President in 1967. Michael Dunn Goekjian is a 3rd year student Trinity, reading mathmatics. He was named the 2nd best debater in the world at the 2015 World Univisity Debating Championship and was President in Easter 2014. ****************** OPPOSITION ****************** Gareth Weetman has the highest grade of qualification for prosecution work and appears on cases for both the Crown and Defence. He read Law at Christ's and was President in Michaelmas 1997. Lord Turner is a businessman, academic, and a member of the UK's Financial Policy Committee. He read History and Economics at Caius and was President in Michaelmas 1977. Baroness Hayman is the former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords and has been a Labour life peer since 1996. She read Law at Newnham and was President in Easter 1969. Sir Peter Bazalgette is the Chair of Arts Council England and arguably 'the most influential man in British television'. He read Law at Fitz and was President in Michaelmas 1975.