This week, King’s Ely were honoured to welcome Lucy Frazer QC, a former barrister, to judge a parliamentary debating competition held in the Old Palace in Ely.

Lucy Frazer organised the debate as part of an interschool debating competition in which Linton Village College, Impington Village College and Bottisham Village College are also taking part.

She commented how impressed she was by the high level of debating, saying “The standard of debating was excellent. I was extremely impressed with both the content and quality of delivery of all the students who took part. King’s Ely has some talented public speakers.”

Lucy, who is the South East Cambridgeshire Conservative candidate for the 2015 General Election, came to the school to witness young students debating with authority and enthusiasm on the topic of minimum voting age. Lucy, a graduate of Cambridge University, is also a state school governor and a mentor for children from low-income families.

Head of Sixth Form Academic, Dr Francis Young, commented, “The students produced excellent arguments for and against 16-year-olds getting the right to vote and argued with passion and conviction. The standard of debating was very high; Isaac and Alice should be congratulated for impressing the adjudicator so much with their speeches.”

The final will take place in the House of Commons later this month.

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