CATS College Cambridge students at the world-famous Cambridge UnionArticle Date: 2011/02/16 | Return to CATS College news
On 10 February, a group of students from the CATS College Cambridge Debating Society attended a debate at the world famous Cambridge Union Society. The motion was “This House will not get married”.
The motion was proposed by Sarah Symonds, a writer and self-styled "infidelity and relationship analyst". She was supported by Graham Nicholls, an author and the founder of Polyamory.org.uk, a leading resource for the UK's polyamorous community; and by William Longrigg, a Family Law partner with Charles Russell, specialising in divorces and the resulting financial issues. He is currently European President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
The motion was opposed by Richard Kane, founder of Marriage Resource, which provides services and counselling for married couples; Anastasia de Waal, deputy director and head of Family Policy at the think-tank Civitas; and Anne Atkins, an author and journalist who was The Telegraph's first agony. She is a prominent supporter of Christian values and is a regular contributor on Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' and 'Question Time'.
The motion was defeated after a hotly contested discussion. Cambridge Union events are usually only open to members as it is a private club; but CATS College students are often invited to attend debates, particularly when they are relevant to a specific course of study. The students from the CATS College Debating Society were delighted to be invited to such an exciting event.