Issued: February 26, 2016
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Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing with Roding Valley High school headteacher James Luck and competition winners Doncho Atanassov and Matthew Tinker (right)
Debating competition winners receive trophies from Epping Forest MP
Top debaters at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, have been presented with their trophies after winning the 2015 Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing.
Eight schools took part with the schools discussing the Motion: â€œThis House believes that it would be in Britainâ€™s best interests to remain within the European Unionâ€.
The winning Roding Valley High School team of Doncho Atanassov and Matthew Tinker had spoken against the Motion.
Mrs Laing, who presented the main trophy and individual cups to Doncho and Matthew when she visited the Alderton Hill school today, said: "Everyone is now talking about the EU issue with the referendum date now set for June 23 so the Epping Forest debaters were ahead of the game!"
Matthew said: â€œWe were absolutely thrilled to win. Itâ€™s amazing to have won the debate on behalf of the school. I would like to thank all the schoolâ€™s research team who have helped us secure the victory.â€
Roding Valley High School will now host this year's competition.
Headteacher James Luck said: "I was so impressed with the overall standard of debating which makes the efforts of Doncho and Matthew all the more impressive.
"They put a huge amount of work into this and were ably supported by their research team of students and staff. A real team effort. Congratulations to all."
Mrs Laing added: â€œI was extremely impressed by the exceptionally high standard of the debate. The arguments were intelligent and well-constructed.
â€œI am always pleased when it is a lively debate.â€