As one of the Debate Leads for this years UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Debate, Harry attended a weekend of intense training and speech writing in preparation for the historical day.
The weekend session was held at Portcullis House opposite the Palace of Westminster. Harry and the other debate leads, who are set to deliver speeches from the despatch box on 4th November had to talk about their favourite orator, negotiate who would take the different debate positions of propositioning, going against, and summing up a motion and critique eachother’s particular debating styles.
Harry stood to speak for the introduction of a graduate tax. Being such a popular issue, there had to be an internal election to decide what MYP would take this position. Harry consequently won and will now be speaking on a topic are he has believed in and vigorously campaigned for since the start of his second term.
The MYPs took advice from Simon Darvill, a senior member of Young Labour. Drawing on his debating experience, Simon shared with the group what he believed made speeches successful.
After the weekend, Harry commented ‘The weekend was busy, with an intense programme of activities to truly prepare us all to speak in front of Mr Speaker and fellow MYPs in the Chamber, and live to a home and school audience. I believe passionately in a graduate tax and will debate fervently for this issue to be made UKYP’s Campaign for this coming year.’
The debate will be live on BBC Parliament on 4th November starting at approximately 11.20am.