The Next Leeds Salon:

What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Date & time: Thursday 19 October, 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1

Speaker: Ann Furedi (BPAS)

Respondents: Georgia Testa & Michael Thomson (University of Leeds)

For our 2017 Battle of Ideas satellite event*, 50 years on from the 1967 Abortion Act Leeds Salon invites Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, to discuss The Moral Case for Abortion.

Since 2016, the issue of abortion has returned to the political agenda: most notably with large demonstrations in Dublin, to repeal Ireland’s anti-abortion legislation, and in Poland, in defence existing abortion rights. While in the US, concern over abortion provision following Donald Trump’s election has coincided with a UK campaign to decriminalise abortion altogether. However, faced with the moral arguments of ‘pro-life’ campaigners in defence of the right-to-life of the foetus, many on the ‘pro-choice’ side have preferred to build a pragmatic case around the public-health benefits of abortion. But in her timely new book, Ann Furedi, sets out the ethical case for women’s right to choose. Read more... 

The Battle of Ideas is two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas, and held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October at the Barbican, London. The Festival comprises over 100 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. For more information and tickets visit:


Future Salons: 

Tetley Talks 2017: From Revolution to Reaction 

 In November and December we'll be hosting our fourth annual series of Saturday afternoon talks in partnership with The Tetley.

This year's Tetley Talks - 'From Revolution to Reaction' - will look at the Russian Revolution, Futurism and Fascism, and will take place on Saturdays 18 & 25 November and 2 December, between 3pm and 4:30 in the City Workshop on the second floor of The Tetley. Details to follow...



Other Leeds Salon News:

Debate Outwood 2017

The Leeds Salon hosted the first sixth-form debating competition between schools from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust.

Five schools competed to be crowned "Debate Outwood" champions, as well as for the top three individual prizes, on Thursday 13 July at Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield,.

Debate Outwood was sponsored by YPO, Watersones, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and Yorkshire Tea. See details & results...


Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

Abbey Grange Academy with Teachers & SponsorsThe Final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Yers 10&11 Debating Competition 2017 took place on Wednesday 22 March at the HEART Centre, Headingley.

Congratulations to the winners: Abbey Grange Academy, who won the competition for the first time. Well done to the runners-up, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High and the other finalists, Allerton High School and Mount St Mary's Catholic High, for making it such a high quality and closely fought final.

Congratulations also to our three individual prize winners: Scarlet Rowe of Cardinal Heenan who won the Best Individual Prize; Allerton High's Manraj Sond who was nominated for the Highly Commended Prize; and Dan Green of Abbey Grange who received the Commended Prize. For details…

This year's competition was sponsored by leading law firm Switalskis Solicitors. And the Prize Sponsors were the Human Factor and Safety Group at the Institute for Transport Studies (University of Leeds), and the EU Horizon 2020 project EMPOWERHyde Park Picture House, and Thackray Medical Museum.


The Tetley Years 10&11 School Debating Competition 2017

On Monday 23 January, Mount St Mary’s Catholic High and South Leeds Academy competed in the second Tetley Years 10&11 School Debating Competition for south and central Leeds schools. And for the second year running Mount St Mary’s were crowned Tetley Champions over two debates on ‘drugs in sport’ and ‘corporate arts sponsorship’.

However, the ‘Best Individual’ prize was awarded unanimously by the judges to Patryk Klonowski of South Leeds Academy. Judges included The Tetley’s Kenn Taylor, Nathalie Rawson from Leeds Beckett, Made in Leeds TV presenter Peg Alexander, Dan Clayton of Leeds Salon, and Cathy Cook of leading Yorkshire law firm, LCF Law, who sponsored this years’ competition.

Well done to all who took part!



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