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Women in Democracy - John Smith Memorial Mace Grand Final

Sunday 24 November 2013, 2.30 pm

Anita Anand, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Any Answers,  will chair a panel discussion on Women in Democracy celebrating women’s contribution to UK democratic life and exploring how we can better include women’s voices. The distinguished panel will include Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), Laura Bates (founder of the Everyday Sexism project), Rosie Campbell (Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck University), Rainbow Murray (Lecturer at Queen Mary University) and the Rt Hon Lord McNally Minister of State for Justice.

The discussion will be followed by the English Final of The John Smith Memorial Mace one of the largest and most prestigious university level debating competitions in the UK which will debate This House believes that all main political parties should implement a cross party scheme to adopt more all women short lists to increase women’s representation in parliament until gender parity is reached

The John Smith Memorial Mace will bring students from Universities all over England for a weekend of Debating leading to this Grand Final on Sunday 24th November.

Anita Anand is the chair of the BBC Radio 4 programme Any Answers? and also presents the BBC Radio 5 live programme Double Take and the BBC World Service programme Have Your Say. On television, Anita previously presented The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil on BBC 2. Before joining the BBC, Anita was the European Head of News and Current Affairs for Zee TV - an international satellite and cable television station. She was one of the youngest TV news editors in the country, taking over the reins at the age of just 25. During her career Anita has interviewed: four presidents from South Asia, eight prime ministers from the sub-continent, and three British prime ministers. She is also a former winner of the English-Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition for Schools.


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