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Students victorious in EU Referendum debating competition

Two Havering Sixth Form College students were declared the winners in a public debate about the EU Referendum.

Malaika Mkhosi, 17, and Sigourney Hove, 18, went head to head against two other sixth form students from Queen’s School in Hertfordshire, and ‘won by a whisker’.

The lively competition was organised and held at the University of East London (UEL) where Sigourney and Malaika had previously taken part in a Debating Matters EU Referendum workshop just weeks before.

Students victorious in EU Referendum debating competition | June 2016

The competition involved the four students battling it out to persuade three judges and an audience of about 60 people with their arguments.

They debated the motion ‘The UK should leave the EU’ with the Havering Sixth Form College students arguing against and the Hertfordshire students arguing for.

Malaika and Sigourney were announced as the winners after being cross-examined by the judges and the audience. Judge Anne Fergusson, a business development director, said the pair gave “stronger answers” to questions. She said both teams gave ‘slick presentations’ but the girls won by a whisker.

Malaika said: “I am in shock. It was a great debate, I enjoyed it a lot. What I have taken away from it is that the EU is a big issue. There are so many things you have to think about.”

During the debate, chaired by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, the audience listened to conflicting opinions on the economy, immigration, sovereignty and freedom of movement.

The event was held as part of a wider campaign by the University of East London and Nottingham Trent University to raise awareness of the EU debate among young people.