Students battle it out in MP’s school debate

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SCHOOLCHILDREN from across Fareham put their wits against one another in a feisty debate challenge.

Six groups of two Year 8 pupils went head-to-head in the contest at Fareham College, voicing their views on topics such as the power of the media.

Thomas Hughes and Holly Connelly, both 12, of Portchester Community School, scooped the grand prize after winning over the judges with their convincing argument to support animal testing.

The clever duo won the chance to have a tour around the Houses of Parliament with Suella Fernandes, Fareham MP, who was a judge and organised the debate.

Thomas said: ‘It feels absolutely amazing.’ The other competitors were; Sadie Mitchell, Kemal Mustafa, Lilly Mizon, Kiara Taylor, Ethan Vandra, James Murphy, Elise Griffiths, Jacob Kniveton, Ava Butler and Jack Rees.