Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Young Tories finish second in debating competition

THE Henley Conservative Future debating team was runner-up in a national competition held at the Houses of Parliament.

THE Henley Conservative Future debating team was runner-up in a national competition held at the Houses of Parliament.

After winning three earlier rounds, the team made it to the final against Oxford University Conservative Association.

The team comprised captain Will Hall, who represents Henley on South Oxfordshire District Council, and Ross Allan.

It proposed and debated the motion “This House believes that it is in Britain’s best interests to leave the EU”.

The team’s performance was judged by three MPs, former home secretary and chancellor Ken Clarke, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Fabricant.

Councillor Hall said: “It was a huge privilege to represent our beautiful town at the final of the national competition. We had been competing in rounds for months and flying the flag for Henley up and down the country.

“It was also fantastic to have the support of activists from across the constituency cheering us on.”

Conservative Future is for the under-30s and was formed to involve young people in politics. A Henley branch was launched earlier this year.

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