Past and present pupils do battle in Elizabethan Union debate

The Elizabethan Union – QE’s formal debating society – presented the 43rd Annual Dinner Debate. Year 12 pupils Promit Anwar and Richard Alam proposed the motion: “This House believes that the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union”.

They were opposed by Old Elizabethans Christos Karaolis, who left the School in 2002 to read Law at Trinity College, Oxford, and Simon Taghioff, who also left in 2002, to read PPE at the University of York.

The chairman at the debate, which was held in the School Hall, was Nicholas Marsh, of Year 12.

During the evening, toasts were made to: “Her Majesty, the Queen”; “The Pious Memory of Queen Elizabeth I”; “the visitors” (proposed by Matthew Rose, of Year 12) and “The Elizabethan Union” (proposed by Old Elizabethan Alan King).