Marymount’s successful debating season continued this Tuesday as the team hosted Tiffin Boys for a friendly fixture. In light of the recent alleged use of Chemical weapons in Syria and the response of the US, French and UK Governments to take military action, students constructed their speeches in response to a motion that Jeremy Corbyn had brought to Westminster last week: “This house would support a law making it compulsory for the House of Commons to vote before any military action can be taken by the United Kingdom.” Impressive speeches were given by Sanjana (deputy Prime Minister), Polina (leader of the Opposition), Jean (deputy leader of the Opposition), Ariana (member of the Government) and Alicia (Government whip). Arguments focused on the necessity and role of Parliament, the need for democratic process and the complexity of taking military actions (covert tactics, the use of intelligence etc.) Compelling examples were drawn with references to the D-day landings, North Korea and Iraq. A highly information and enriching debate for all students involved providing excellent experience to refine rhetorical skills. A special thankyou to Selma Bartlett for timing the debates. Students from all grades are welcome to join Debate Club at any time, which meets every Tuesday in room 17 from 4-5pm.