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This House Believes that No Discrimination can be Positive, The Cambridge Union Society

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Date recorded: 16/06/2011Debate: This House Believes That No Discrimination Can Be PositivePropositionFRANCESCA HILL Francesca Hill was President of the Cambridge Union in Easter Term 2011. JULIE MEYERJulie Meyer is the multimillionaire founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, and is best known as a "Dragon" on the BBC's Dragons Den online. A regular columnist for City A.M., she has been called one of the most influential businesswomen in Europe by The Wall Street Journal DOMINIC RAABDominic Raab is the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, and previously worked as an international lawyer for the Foreign Office. He has criticised FCO work placement schemes for barring white male applicants, arguing that this re-introduces discrimination "via the backdoor". Opposition:JAN BOCKJan is a PHD student at Peterhouse College.BARONESS ANGELA SMITHBaroness Angela Smith is a Labour Co-operative peer and former Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She was selected to stand for election as an MP through an all-women shortlist, and served as Minister for Social Exclusion from 2009 until the General ElectionBARONESS AFSHARBaroness Afshar is Professor of Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York and is the first Iranian woman to sit in the House of Lords. She is a prominent Muslim feminist and has served in many organisations promoting women's issues and gender equality.On the motion "This House Believes that no discrimination can be positive" the house divided:Ayes: 72Abstentions: 44Noes: 74The motion fails.

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