• Date and time: Thursday 9 October 2014, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul building
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

Event details

York Union debate

Political disengagement and low voter turnout constantly plagues our headlines. It's an issue even more prominent amongst under 25s. With Labour and the Liberal Democrats promising to give votes to sixteen year olds and a widened franchise in the Scottish independence referendum this topic could not be more current. Which begs the question; who is to blame for existing young voters being disengaged from Westminster politics?

Speaking in favour of the motion:
Martin Vander Weyer, Business Editor of The Spectator
Stephen Bush, Telegraph journalist 

Speaking against: 
Chloe Smith, Tory MP and former Minister of State
Sara Ghaffari, Bite The Ballot representative

Join the debate before and during the event @YorkUnion #YouthYork

Before entering the debating chamber, audience members will cast a ballot either for, against or abstaining from the motion. After the formal debate, an audience Q&A session will take place. Following this, audience members will cast a second ballot to decide which side has won the day by changing the most minds.

To cover the expenses of hosting the event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public.

Various speakers, please see below.
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