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Burntwood school celebrates double success in speaking competition

A Burntwood school is celebrating a double success.

The winners collect their trophies

The winners collect their trophies

Students from Erasmus Darwin Academy picked up the two top prizes at the annual Michael Fabricant-Arthur Price of England Schools’ Speaking Competition, seeing off the challenge of three rival Lichfield schools.

Tom Sullivan won Best Individual Speaker and he and his team mates, Emily Whitchurch and Charlie Mathers, won Best Team.

“The competition is run on Parliamentary lines with the Mace Procession before proceedings, the waving of Order Papers, cheering and questions to the debaters,” said Michael Fabricant.

“The debate was on whether voting at Parliamentary Elections should be made compulsory in law with penalties. King Edward VI and Netherstowe argued for while The Friary and the winning team argued against.

“All the schools were magnificent and some were very controversial about politics today.  I was not a judge but was Mr Speaker for the evening, but I gather it was a very close run thing.

“I personally agree with the winning team that forcing people by law to go out to vote is not a good idea, but that we should make politics exciting enough to motivate people to use their vote voluntarily.”

Prizes were awarded by Michael Fabricant and Simon Price, managing director of Arthur Price of England who also provided and engraved the cups.

The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad provided the time-keepers and Keith Eagland, their Vice-President, was one of the judges alongside Simon Price, Cllr Robert Awty (Mayor of Lichfield) and Cllr Terry Thomas (Sheriff of Lichfield).

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