The Next Leeds Salon:

General Election 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics?

Date: Wednesday 31 May, 6pm to 7:45pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1

Speakers: Tessa Mayes (Journalist), Stephen Coleman (University of Leeds), Michael Meadowcroft (former Leeds West MP)

The number one issue of the UK General Election 2017 is Brexit. However, the key issue many voted on in the Referendum – taking back democratic control – has so far been largely absent from the discussion. It has long been argued that there is a ‘democratic deficit’, for which the EU is often given the blame. But in reality, the problems of representative democracy run much deeper within Western societies. So would leaving the EU really be enough to restore democracy to the UK? What do people mean by ‘taking back control’? And what do we want the future of democratic politics to look like? Read more...


Future Salons:

NEW DATE T.B.C. - What is the Moral Case for Abortion? - with BPAS Chief Executive, Ann Furedi, and Georgia Testa from the University of Leeds.

In October we'll be hosting our annual Battle of Ideas satellite event.


Other Leeds Salon News:

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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