Date recorded: 06/10/2011Debate: This House Believes the Government has Failed Britain's YouthThis debate was kindly and generously sponsored by RBSProposition: GERARD TULLYGerard is a former Vice-President of the Union, and President of CUSU DR PRIYA GOPALDr Priyamvada Gopal is a lecturer in English at Cambridge University. In a Guardian column, she called for resistance to the coalition government's "savaging the public good" at the expense of the common man.REV NIMS OBUNGEReverend Nims is a Pastor at the Freedom's Ark Church in Tottenham, and Chief Executive of the Peace Alliance.Opposition:CRISPIN BLUNT MPCrispin is a Conservative MP and the Minister for Youth Justice. He has advocated harsher penalties for those involved in the 2011 London riots.PETER HITCHENSPeter Hitchens is an award-winning writer and Mail on Sunday columnist. He frequently appears on national television and radio, debating left-wing oppoonents on a variety of topics. GAVIN BARWELL MPGavin is the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, a constituency badly damaged by the 2011 riots. He has spoken strongly in favour of witholding benefits from convicted riots. Gavin a former President of the Cambridge Union Society.On the motion "This House Believes the Government has Failed Britain's Youth" the house divided:Ayes: 211Abstentions: 92 Noes: 86 The motion passed.