Show Debates

Our Friday 'Show Debates' are held at 7pm almost every Friday at key venues across the University of Exeter - usually our 'home' debating chamber (the Amory Moot Room) or the larger capacity Newman Blue Lecture Theatre.  Each week, we invite notable figures to tackle controversial topics such as sex work, euthanasia, no-platforming, religion, and the EU.

 Friday Evening Debates 

Our Friday 'Show Debates' have been a staple of the DebSoc offer for over a century - with the earliest recorded debate taking place in February 1906.  We currently host these debates at 7pm almost every Friday at key venues on the Exeter University campus - either at our 'home' debating chamber (the Amory Moot Room) or the larger capacity Newman Blue lecture hall. 

 

Each week, we invite topical and informed speakers to debate controversial topics - such as the place of religion in society, the morals of sex work, or if artificial intelligence poses a threat to society.  After every lively debate, we invite our guest speakers and members to the Ram (student bar) to continue the debate. 

Notable Previous Speakers

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Politician

Natalie Bennet

Baroness Bennett led the Green party for four years, coming to national prominence with her effective campaign affording the Green Party their highest vote share in its history.

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Political Commentator

Katie Hopkins

Proud to boast of herself as the 'most hated woman in Britain', Katie Hopkins is an English media personality with a 'no nonsense' approach which has won her many fans and an extensive controversies section on her Wikipedia page.

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Politician

Herbert Asquith

Prime Minister between 1908-1916. Herbert Asquith was the last prime minister to lead a majority Liberal government, and he played a central role in the design and passage of major liberal legislation and a reduction of the power of the House of Lords. 

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Politician

Michael Foot

Leader of the Labour party between 1980-1983. Michael Foot was one of the most eloquent orators of the 20th century. He resigned from the party when his passionate anti-nuclearism and left-wing principles failed to resonate with the electorate in the 1983 election.

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Journalist and Commentator

Peter Hitchens

Winner of the Orwell prize in 2010. Peter Hitchens in his former years was actively involved in the Trotskyist movement, before finding God and shifting to the right. He is also a  columnist in the Mail on Sunday and appears on national television regularly. 

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Journalist

Diane Atkinson

One of the leading historians on the women's suffrage movement. Diane Atkinson's work has been lauded by MPs and general audiences alike with an approachable style that is accessible for readers.

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Author & National Treasure

Stephen Fry

 Stephen Fry is one of the last few public intellectuals; demonstrating excellence in everything from comedy, classical literature, and theology.

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Politician

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The leader of the House of Commons and former Chairman of the European Research Group. Jacob Rees-Mogg was one of the loudest voices in favour of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union

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Politician

Antony Eden

Prime Minster between 1955-1957. Anthony Eden was one of the key critics alongside Winston Churchill in opposing Britain's appeasement policy in the 1930s. Unfortunately, his premiership resided over the Suez Crisis which is seen as the death knell of Britain's influence as a superpower

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Politician

Mohammed Amin

The former Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and a passionate defender of freedom of speech. Mohammed Amin dramatically left the part in protest of Boris Johnson's leadership

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Journalist

Jane Fae

A Guardian columnist and regular on BBC and Sky programming. Jane Fae is on of the leading national voices on feminist and transgender perspectives.

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Pornographic Actress

Karina Currie

A famous pornographic actress, Karina Currie is outspoken and open about the nature of her work and how it should been seen as being as legitimate as any other profession.