We were delighted to sponsor the recent Annual Reception of The Debating Group at the House of Commons.  Steve and I travelled down to London last week to enjoy the event on the stunning Terrace Pavilion (miraculously getting Steve past security!). 

 
This year’s event was extra special as it marked the 40th anniversary of The Debating Group and saw a former professional Marketer, the Rt. Hon Cheryl Gillan MP take up the reins as President after previous President, Austin Mitchell, retired after many years of sterling service. 
 
It was great to see so many attendees from member organisations including CIM, CIPR, DMA, Thinkbox and the Internet Advertising Bureau.  With over 120 people in attendance, David Hanger, Chair of the Debating Group opened with amusing anecdotes from debates over the last 40 years, followed by our new President who charmed us all with her warm and witty welcome.  A lively reception followed with a constant flow of English wine, which was very well received!
 
The Debating Group has been holding debates in the House of Commons since 1975, bringing together marketers, politicians, journalists and the public to discuss contentious political issues that affect the marketing industry. 
 
For the past 40 years The Debating Group has provided a unique forum for debating marketing, media and communication topics and kept them in front of members of both Houses of Parliament.  
 
Over the years members have debated a wide range of issues including ‘Women are over-exploited in and by advertising’, ‘Modern politics is more concerned with image than reality’ and ‘London is the only world-class city in the UK’.  The impressive list of former speakers includes Tony Blair, Mary Whitehouse, Nick Ross and Tony Banks. 
 
The next debate ‘Magazine brands are a beacon of trust in a world of noise and clutter’ will be held on the 6th July. With Jo Elvin, Editor in Chief at Glamour and Kerin O’Connor, Chief Executive of The Week debating for the motion and Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive at RadioCentre and Rufus Olins, Chief Executive of Newsworks on the panel against, it promises to be a lively debate! Sponsored by the Professional Publishers Association you can find out more about the event here.
 
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