King’s Ely student wins MP Lucy Frazer’s debating competition

PUBLISHED: 15:48 28 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:36 28 July 2020

Lucy Frazer MP (Right) with John Attwater, the new Principal of King's Ely and students from the school during the debating competition. The overall winner was Isabel Mitchell (back, middle). Pictures: Office of Lucy Frazer MP

Lucy Frazer MP (Right) with John Attwater, the new Principal of King's Ely and students from the school during the debating competition. The overall winner was Isabel Mitchell (back, middle). Pictures: Office of Lucy Frazer MP

Office of Lucy Frazer MP

Isabel Mitchell, a King’s Ely student, was the overall winner of an annual debating competition supported by Lucy Frazer MP.

Isabel Mitchell, of King's Ely, was the overall winner of this year's debating competition. Pictures: Office of Lucy Frazer MPIsabel Mitchell, of King's Ely, was the overall winner of this year's debating competition. Pictures: Office of Lucy Frazer MP

The Parliamentary Debating Competition - which is now in its 6th year - encouraged students from across Cambridgeshire to debate their thoughts on why politics matter.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually this year and students entered by submitting a one-minute video of their speeches.

Isabel said: “I am delighted to have won the Parliamentary Debating Competition.

“I entered in order to stretch my abilities and this competition has improved my confidence and other skills like researching, giving points of information and condensing my argument.”

She added: “I love debating because it creates interesting discussions and raises important questions.”

Netta Hociej, a student from Soham Village College, was awarded third place. Second went to Ben Foote, a student from Linton.

Mrs Frazer, who is MP for South East Cambridgeshire, congratulated Isabel on winning the competition.

She said: “The annual Parliamentary Debating Competition is a wonderful way for students across our area to learn about the importance of expressing ideas, persuading others, and learning to engage in politics.

She added: “Due to COVID-19, students submitted video submissions rather than take part in a traditional final, and all of the submissions were excellent.

“Isabel’s very impressive video talked about the importance of taking part in the political system, and how constructive debate can make a real and positive difference.

“I congratulate her on winning the competition, which is a wonderful achievement, and wish her the very best in the years ahead.”


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