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Debating matters because ideas matter. This is the premise of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, which emphasises substance over style, and the importance of taking ideas seriously. Debating Matters challenges 16‐19 year olds to go beyond the media headlines and delve deeper into some of the big issues confronting society. It’s about giving young people a tough intellectual challenge and getting them to examine and weigh up competing perspectives and evidence for themselves. If your organisation shares our outlook and aims, we want to hear form you.

The Debating Matters Competition is split into twelve regions across the UK. Our regions are listed below, and we detail which counties, areas or councils they include.

CENTRAL

Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

EAST

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Suffolk and southern Lincolnshire

LONDON INNER

Camden, Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, and the City of London

LONDON NORTH

Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Havering, Hillgdon, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest

LONDON SOUTH

Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond,  Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth

NORTH EAST

Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

NORTH WEST & NORTH WALES

Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales

SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND

All of Scotland & Northern Ireland

SOUTH

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire

SOUTH EAST

Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, West Sussex

WEST & SOUTH WALES

Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, South Wales

YORKSHIRE

East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire

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If you are interested in supporting Debating Matters, contact our partnerships manager, Adam Rawcliffe.

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