Students debate the death penalty

PUBLISHED: 12:10 09 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 May 2010

DEBATING a subject such as the reintroduction of the death penalty would be a tricky task for anyone, but students at Melbourn Village College took it in their stride with some help from an MP. Andrew Lansley, the MP for south Cambridgeshire and Shadow

DEBATING a subject such as the reintroduction of the death penalty would be a tricky task for anyone, but students at Melbourn Village College took it in their stride - with some help from an MP. Andrew Lansley, the MP for south Cambridgeshire and Shadow Health Secretary, visited the college on Friday to help students prepare for The Youth Parliament Debate. This national competition sees colleges send in recordings of their debates to the Citizenship Foundation, and the best are then chosen to compete against one another. Deputy warden Andrew Allsworth said: "The students debated about the reintroduction of the death penalty in a parliamentary way. "We made our lecture room into the House of Commons and the students had to argue their cases for or against. "MP Andrew Lansley gave the students advice so it was great.

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