Debating Competition

27th February 2019

The motions to be debated in the first round of the annual Royal Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Parliamentary Debating Competition have been revealed today. Students from secondary schools across Sutton Coldfield are preparing for the competition which will take place on Thursday 7 March, and is hosted by last year’s winners, Fairfax Academy.

The first round motions will be debated with proposing and opposing schools as follows:


Sutton Girls vs Bishop Vesey


“There should be an additional tax on buying meat.”


Bishop Walsh vs John Wilmott


“Parents should be allowed to choose their baby’s gender.”


Sutton Coldfield College vs Plantsbrook


“Private schools are harmful to the rest of the education system.”


Arthur Terry vs Fairfax


“All major cities should introduce a congestion charge.”

Also revealed today is the Judging Panel, which this year includes Charlotte Hart, Editor of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, Robert Cheshire, the Chairman of the Sutton Coldfield Civic Society and Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE, former Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands.

Andrew Mitchell MP, who founded the competition which is now in its seventeenth year, said:

“The Competition promises to be a challenging and interesting one for Sutton Coldfield’s budding politicians. The first round will be followed by another round of debates on unseen motions to be revealed on the night and teams will have to prepare against the clock.

Shortly following the announcement, Andrew Mitchell said:

“I would also like to thank Birmingham Metropolitan College for their generosity in sponsoring the trophies and the visit to the House of Commons for the participants. I know that Fairfax is working hard on this year’s competition and I am very much looking forward to chairing the debates next week and to hear our local students tackle these contentious and engaging issues.”

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP