• Michael Meadowcroft


    Michael Meadowcroft has been active in Liberal politics for sixty years. He has been a Leeds City Councillor, a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councillor and was the MP for Leeds West, 1983-87. He is an honorary alderman of the Leeds City Council. He has written, spoken, and appeared on many radio and television programmes, mainly on political topics. Over the past twenty years he has been mainly concerned with new and emerging democracies and has led or been a member of some fifty missions to thirty-five different countries. His academic thesis was on Leeds City government and he has lectured extensively on Leeds local history. He undertook eighth series of lectures on Leeds politicians at the independent Leeds Library where he chaired its trustee board from 2006 to 2015. He has had a lifetime’s interest in classic jazz and still leads the Granny Lee Jazz Band!


Championship: Yorkshire 2018

DEBATE: Populism

Qualifying Round: West Yorkshire 2016/17

DEBATE: Contact sports

Qualifying Round: South Yorkshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Fertility Tourism

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Unpaid Internships

Qualifying Round: South Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Green Energy

Qualifying Round: South Yorkshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles


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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