Empire Debate

  • Event Start: 12th March 2020, 8:30pm
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This House Believes That The British Empire Is A National Disgrace

The British Empire left an indelible mark on British identity and the world at large. It is high time we have a reckoning with this imperial past, and ask whether it should be remembered with pride, or shame.


  • The Rt Hon. Dame Jenny Shipley, DNZM  :  Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving from 1997 to 1999. She has since served as chair of Global Women NZ.
  • Winnie Kiap CBE  :  Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. She was recognised with the Diplomat of the Year Award in 2018.
  • Victor Banks  :  Premier of Anguilla, since 2015, and leader of the Anguilla United Front. Anguilla remains a British overseas territory.


  • Lawrence James  :  English writer and popular historian. He is the author of numerous books about the British Empire.
  • Dr Zareer Masani  :  Indian author and historian. He has written numerous popular books about Indian history, and the Raj.

Prior to this debate. the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided at this Monday's Consultative Committee