• Carmel Harrison

    public relations consultant

    Carmel Harrison PR

    Carmel is a former journalist turned PR consultant working with customers in the manufacturing and business sectors in the UK. An ex business journalist for the BBC, Johnston Press, Newsquest and Northcliffe Media she is passionate about communication and open and free debate.  She works alongside business groups on training for start-ups and mentors students coming through local colleges who are keen to work in either journalism or PR.  She is also involved with Primary Futures to inspire primary school pupils to take advantage of education and understand the link between what they learn in class and the world of work.  She is also a pro-European and will stand for election as a Liberal Democrat candidate on Leeds City Council.


Championship: Yorkshire 2018

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Championship: Yorkshire 2018

DEBATE: Autonomous vehicles

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2016/17

DEBATE: Health monitoring

Qualifying Round: Bradford 2016/17

DEBATE: Autonomous vehicles

Qualifying Round: Bradford 2016/17

DEBATE: Social egg freezing

Qualifying Round: Bradford 2015/16

DEBATE: Compulsory Vaccinations

Qualifying Round: Bradford 2015/16

DEBATE: Religious Freedom

Qualifying Round: Bradford 2014/15

DEBATE: Art Censorship

Qualifying Round: Leeds 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Hate Speech

Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Sex Selection


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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