debating b no backgroundLiverpool Debating Union reached in the Semi Finals at the Northern and Midlands Debating Alliance Novice Cup on Saturday 26th October.

Novice debaters Elle Fleming and Alistair Craig topped the tab and broke first to the semi finals on 11 points at the competition, this year held in Hull, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals. Elle Fleming also placed 2nd on the speaker tab, narrowly behind a speaker from Manchester. 

They competed in the Semi Finals against Durham, Hull and Sheffield, with the motion ‘This House Believes That Conscription should be a War Crime’. Hull and Durham made the Semi Finals from their debate, along with Manchester and York from the other Semi-Final.

Fellow teams, Liverpool CE and Liverpool ER, were also met with some success, with Liverpool CE (consisting of Emilio Chiquito and Leo Evans) missing the Semi Finals by seven speaker points.

This follows a line of successes at the NAMDA competition for Liverpool Debaters, following a win in the competition in 2010 by Ben McSkelly and Max Morris, and a place in the Semi Finals last year by Natalie Burles and Niall O’Rourke.

It also follows a rather successful start to the debating year for Liverpool Debating Union, following a close call at the UCL Presidents Cup on Saturday 12th October by Liverpool MF (Elle Fleming and Tessa McLaughlin) and SOAS IV on Saturday 19th October by Liverpool 1 (Natalie Burles and Nissim Massarano), who both missed out on breaking by one team point.

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For more information on Liverpool Debating Union, please visit liverpooldebating.co.uk. Liverpool Debating Union hold training sessions every Tuesday at 5pm in the Rendall Building.