The 2016 House of Lords Chamber Event takes place on 25 November and involves young people from across the UK as well as members of civic organisations 38 Degrees, English PEN, Migrants Organise, Newham Sixth Form College and Speakers’ Corner Trust, coming together for an intergenerational debate on free speech in the UK.
Chaired by the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, the tenth debating event in the Lords chamber asks: ‘Should there be limits to freedom of speech in the UK?’
Participants will debate and vote on three angles:
1. No limits: Speech should be as free as possible. The best counter to harmful speech is debate not censorship
2. Censor it: We should be able to restrict or censor harmful voices or divisive figures from expressing views that aren’t consistent with our nation’s values
3. Monitor it: Speech shouldn’t be censored but the government should be allowed to monitor closely what people are saying and intervene if they need to for security reasons.
You’re invited to watch the debate live on Parliament TV, and follow the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #freespeechdebate.