Emily Bartlett and Anna Bulman from The Radcliffe School in Wolverton, representing Milton Keynes North have been crowned winners of the 2017 MK School's Parliamentary Debating competition held at the Houses of Parliament. It's been the first time in ten years that Radcliffe School have won the competition.
Shenley Brook End school were runners up in one of the most closely scored finals in recent years having won the competition more times than any other school in nearly a decade of the annual contest.
I am delighted MK North has taken home the trophy! Congratulations to Emily and Anna, you were outstanding. The competition continues to grow in popularity, every year we see more and more interest from students, parents and teachers. It has been an honour to help organise it since being elected as a Member of Parliament and I am looking forward to next year's already.
Each year, 16-18 year old students representing their schools are put through their paces as they debate on policy motions covering a diverse range of subjects. For the finals, the teams debated on the moral obligation of elected representatives to 'carry out the expressed will of the electorate'.