Past Motions and CAs


CAs: Monica Forman, Jamie Jackson, Gavin O’Leary, Daniel Bramble

R1: This House would ban private healthcare
R2: This House would require children, to the extent they are able, to financially support their parents in old age
R3: This House regrets the remilitarisation of Japan
R4: This house would ban foreign states from funding religious organisations
R5: This House believes that companies have a moral obligation to significantly invest in helping the communities in which they operate, even when it has no benefit to that organisation

Quarter Final: THBT companies should not be able to sue foreign states for violating the terms of international trade agreements
Semi Final: THBT the US should stop its involvement in the Saudi coalition in Yemen
Esl Final: THS the decision of athletes belonging to an ethnic minority in a Western country not to sing the national anthems at major sporting events
Final:  As part of an ongoing investigation, THW allow the police to operate social network profiles of the suspects’ family and friends without their knowledge


CA’s: Joe Dyer, Helena Ivanov, Michael DG, Jamie Batchelor.

r1: THW give women two votes in political elections
r2: THBT law enforcement organisations should never provide incentives to gang members to inform on their superiors (e.g. plea bargains or monetary rewards)
r3: TH regrets the decline in oil prices over the last 18 months
r4: THBT Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is good for America
r5: THW allow countries to pay other countries to settle refugees who reach their borders

Quarter Final: THBT the state should reclaim a fixed proportion of all charitable giving and redistribute it to other charities on the basis of their effectiveness

Semi Final: THBT the state should reclaim a fixed proportion of all charitable giving and redistribute it to other charities on the basis of their effectiveness

Esl final: THBT countries, like Switzerland, that were neutral in WW II should pay financial reparations to states occupied by the Nazis

Open Final: THW prefer a world in which there are no extreme emotions such as boiling rage, falling madly in love, extreme grief etc


CA’s: Michael Shapira, Andrew Ford, Cerys Bradley, Heather Whiteside

R1: THW require parents to vaccinate their children, except where doing so is not in the child’s medical interest
R2: THW ban the paying of ransom insurance in the case of kidnapping
R3: THW impose very high taxes on the rich, even when doing so will not increase total tax revenues
R4: THBT feminist campaigns directed specifically at men are harmful to the feminist cause
R5: THBT the IMF and the World Bank should not make debt relief for highly indebted poor countries conditional on trade liberalisation

Quarter-Final: THBT the state has a duty to provide the long term unemployed with lasting employment which pays at least the minimum wage

Semi-Final: THR Lara Croft

Final: THS a federal UK

ESL Final: THW offer full amnesty to any European citizen currently fighting on behalf of ISIL as long as they immediately return to Europe


CA’s: Amanda Moorghen and Christine Simpson .
DCA’s: Elise Trewick and Andreas Bos

R1: THW ban anyone with a criminal record worth 2+ years in prison from running for political office
R2: THBT city-states are a better political unit than nation-states
R3: THW ban conversion therapy to “cure” homosexuality (assuming the therapy has a 10% chance of success)
R4: THBT no further research should be done on the creation of Lethal Autonomous Robots
R4 Info
df. Lethal Autonomous Robots are weapons systems that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further human intervention
R5: THBT copyright should expire on the death of the author/artist

Open Quarter-Final: TH, as Malala, would kill him
Info Slide: You are Malala. A recognisable member from the Taliban with a gun enters your house with the intention to kill you. He trips and drops his gun. You pick it up.

Open Semi-Final: TH supports the reclamation of the word “slut”

Open Final: THBT it is legitimate to kill civilians to reach military objectives

ESL Final: THBT the European Union should prioritise unemployment over further austerity measures



CA’s: Leela Koenig, Rosie Unwin.
DCA’s: Imogen Parkes, Danique Van Koppenhagen

R1: This house regrets the criminalisation of squatting

R2: This house would allow high-ranked army officials, when in agreement, to reverse decisions made by democratic governments regarding military missions

R3: This house would not fund research into the existence of a violent gene

R4: This house believes that LGBTQI activism in countries with strong anti-gay policies does more harm than good.

R5: This house would abolish all term-limits on the service of elected heads of state

Open Quarter-Final: This house believes it is legitimate for states to deny residence or asylum to immigrants who openly contradict their predominant values

Open Semi-Final: You are the British government. You have full guarantee that SAS (special air service) can enter the prison which currently holds the Pussy Riot Girls in Russia and you can remove them safely. This house would enter Russia and remove the Pussy Riot Girls from their cells

ESL Semi-Final: This house would not allow members of the royal family to serve in active combat.

ESL Final: This house believes that European States should end all funding for the arts until everyone lives above the national poverty level

Main Final: This house believes that the state should actively prosecute sexist and misogynist remarks.


CA: Harish Natarajan.
DCA’s: Pam Cohn, Filip Muki Dobranic,  John Beechinor

R1: THW give harsher punishments to those who commit crimes during riots

R2: THW have minimum quotas for different ethnic groups living in public housing estates

R3: THBT serving military generals should be prohibited from talking to the Media

R4: THBT the Indian government should ban marriage between members of the same caste

R5: THW create a free market for the sale of babies

Open Quarter-Final THB that Mexico should legalise the sale, production and transit of all drugs

ESL Semi-Final: THW allow constituents to recall their elected representatives

Open Semi-Final: THW end all subsidies for small farms

ESL Final: THB that the countries of former Yugoslavia should create a common history curriculum and textbooks

Open Final: TH regrets the extra judicial killing of Colonel Gaddafi


CA: Doug Cochran.
DCA’s: Catherine Murphy and Lucinda David

R1: This house would legalise polygamy

R2: This house ban the media reporting on the details of violent crime

R3: With the benefit of hindsight This house regrets the awarding of the Nobel peace prize of Liuxiabo

R4: This house would ban children from receiving any religious instructions

R5: This house would make no effort to prevent states without nuclear weapons from acquiring them

R6: This house beleives that only women should vote on abortion

ESL Semi-Final: This house would make electoral promises binding to political parties, the breaking of which would trigger immediate elections

ESL Final: THBT a jury of one’s peers consist of people of the same socioeconomic, gender and racial background

Open Quarter-Final: THW manipulate History to teach moral lessons

Open Semi-Final: THBT  Roman Catholics who attend mass are answerable for the views expressed by the church

Final: This house would remove the international ban of Child soldiers


CA: Jo Box.
DCA’s: Susan Connolly and Tom Jackson

R1: This house would never release prisoners on compassionate grounds.

R2: This house believes that states should redistribute wealth beyond the provision of basic security.

R3: This house believes that Western countries should stop forcing the developing world to respect patents for life-saving drugs.

R4: This house believes that the West should treat Islamic terrorists and suspected terrorists the same as prisoners of war.

R5: This house would abolish state-endorsed marriage.

Semi-Final: This house beleives that an adult can consent to anything.

Final: This house believes that those who buy non-essential items rather than donating to charity are morally responsible for the deaths of starving Africans


CA: Liz Ford

R1: This house believes that fathers should not have to pay for children they did not want

R2: This house would confiscate the assets of the CEOs of failing banks to help with the bail out

R3: This house would kick countries out the EU that did not recognise gay rights

R4: This house believes that it is wrong to allow some witnesses to remain completely anonymous in trials

Semi-final: THBT a woman lying about her virginity on marriage should be grounds for annulment

ESL-final: THW recognise breakaway states which abided by western norms
Final: THBT, on balance, religion has been a force for good in the world