This House believes: UK students debate the role of the modern Commonwealth [video]

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The Round Table is sponsoring a series of debates across the UK to give students and academics a chance to air their views on the role of the modern Commonwealth.

In January, a debate discussing the role of Commonwealth and its potential for the UK was held at the Council Hall in Birmingham. The turnout included a mix of Birmingham-based residents as well as students from universities such as Birmingham City University, the University Of Birmingham and Aston University.

President of Birmingham City University Students’ Union, Jaspreet Singh chaired the debate. Professor of Democracy, Nicholas Cheeseman from the University of Birmingham was a proposer of the motion with UOB student Alana Tomlin. On the opposition were Keith Stokes Smith, founding Chairman of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association accompanied by Darrel Blake, a Black Studies undergraduate student at Birmingham City University.

Here are some video excerpts from the debate. [Cameraman: Abhishek Pandeya, Editor: Mervyn Clingan]

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The written report on this debate is also available.

Also available: What students in Exeter had to say about the Commonwealth.

The Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award.

The Round Table and other Commonwealth organisations discuss the challenges facing Commonwealth leaders – October 2017 [reports and video].

Other Round Table and Commonwealth-related events can be found on our Events page.

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