Pair talk their way into finals

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A DEBATING team from a county school has made it through to an international competition.

Oliver Jackson and Hugo Laffey, both 18, are British Parliamentary debators for Oundle School and they won the regional final of the Cambridge Union Society’s Competition for Schools, which was held at Bedford School.

The pair debated the motions ‘this house believes that organised religion does more harm than good’ and ‘this house believes that people should be permitted to be married to more than one person at the same time’.

Oliver said: “The second round was thoroughly enjoyable, if a lot tougher than I expected.”

In tomorrow’s final, the two will take on opposition from all over the world, including Ireland, Canada, Holland and Greece.

Competitors are told of the motions to be discussed just 15 minutes before the debate starts.