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Introduction to British Parliamentary Debating

Lancaster Debating Union Week One
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on 10 October 2012

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Transcript of Introduction to British Parliamentary Debating

1st Proposition 1st Opposition 2nd Proposition 2nd Opposition Week One Introduction to
British Parliamentary 2nd Opposition
(Closing Opposition) Member of the Opposition
- Add new points
- Bring new analysis to existing points
- Rebut previous speaker Opposition Whip
- Sum up the debate as a whole
- Outline points of clash (2-3)
- Show how your side and your partner
have won the debate 1st Opposition
(Opening Opposition)
Against the motion Leader of the Opposition
- Directly challenge the case presented by the Proposition
- Set up your case line
- Give points (2-3) Deputy leader of the Opposition
- Add new points and support your
partners' case
- Rebut the previous speaker 1st Proposition
(Opening Government)
In favour of the motion Prime Minister:
- Define the Debate
- Outline the problem you want to solve
- Outline how you are going to solve it
(Mechanism)
- Give points (2-3) Deputy Prime Minister
- Add new points and support your
partners' case
- Rebut the previous speaker 2nd Proposition
(Closing Government) Member of Government
- Add new points
- Bring new analysis to existing points
- Rebut previous speaker Government Whip
- Sum up the debate as a whole
- Outline points of clash (2-3)
- Show how your side and your partner
have won the debate Positions and Roles - British Parliamentary style
* Teams
* Speeches
* Motions:
THW (This House Would)
THBT (This house believes that)
TH as _____ W (This House as someone Would)

- Aim
Aim is to be the most convincing and prove to the judges why (through argumentation and reasoning) you have won the debate. What is debating? Speeches 5 or 7 minutes in length
per speaker 2-3 points per speech Rebuttal at the start
or can be 'weaved in' 'Protected' and 'un-protected'
time

First and last minute 'protected':
No POI's can be given.

'Un-protected' time is signaled by singular bangs. End of speech signaled by a
double bang. POI's: Point Of Information.
- A relevant question / statement attacking your
opponents speech, lasting no longer than 15 seconds.
- Each speaker should take one.
- POI's can be accepted or rejected.
- Speakers offering POI' should stand, address the opposition speaker as Sir / Madam, and should wait to be accepted or rejected. 'Sign-post' at the start of speech Prep time - You find out your position in the debate and the motion 15 minutes before the start of the debate.

- You will then have 15 minutes to prepare with your partner.

- You can only communicate with your partner during prep time and you are allowed a case file. You must not speak to any other teams, nor may you use the internet. Things not to do * Equity violations
* Squirreling
* Knifing
* Fall into reality- You're in debateland now.
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