Congratulations to our budding politicians who this week won the Midlands Regional Debating Conference of the European Youth Parliament.

At the conference, which was held in the Birmingham Council Chambers and resembled an EU parliament debate, the team represented the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (or ECON for short) and proposed a resolution to the Greek Debt Crisis. It was nerve racking to be the first resolution debated, especially as all members of the team were new to the Youth Parliament style of debate. Other debates included a range of controversial and increasingly relevant issues such as the Paris climate change conference, Europe’s refugee crisis and how to deal with the growing threat of IS and terrorist attacks.

The delegates were praised for their ability to work as a team, the quality of public speaking, and their contribution to the flow of debate. We are now looking forward to a weekend of debate at Nationals. The team of nine included Beth Leishman, Jason Richards, Olivia Street, Dom McClaran, Ian Hayes, Aideen Teeling, Luca Cappuccini, Kristian Manton-Dever and Samantha Smellie.