This Week at the Union


Thursday, 24th November: Lord Hodge Address, UK Supreme Court.

The Chamber, Palace Green, from 8.30 p.m.

Lord Hodge has been justice of the UK Supreme Court since 2013. He is one of two Scottish justices, having previously presided over intellectual property and exchequer law in Scotland. Lord Hodge will be discussing the workings of the UK Supreme Court and the role of the judiciary in the constitution.

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Friday, 25th November: ‘This House believes that the invasion of Iraq was a blunder not a crime.’

The Chamber, Palace Green, from 8.30 p.m.

PROPOSITION:

SIR EDWARD LEIGH, M.P. – Conservative MP for Gainsborough and former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. One of 13 Conservative MPs to vote against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Past President of the Durham Union.

MARY DEJEVSKY – Writer, broadcaster and journalist. Regular contributor to the Guardian and the Independent, as the latter’s diplomatic correspondent she wrote most of the editorials opposing invasion.


OPPOSITION:

GRAHAM STRINGER MP: Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton since 1997. Vocal critic of the of the party leadership under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Stringer campaigned against the war.

CHRIS MULLIN: Labour MP for Sunderland South 1987-2010. A veteran of the party's let-wing, Mullin voted against the invasion. Author of the novel A Very British Coup, later adapted for television.