Kildwick air cadet Paul’s seat in the Lords for Great War debate

Keighley News: Paul Figg (fronr ow, second left) listening to the debate in the House of Lords Paul Figg (fronr ow, second left) listening to the debate in the House of Lords

Kildwick teenager Paul Figg, a corporal in 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, took part in a defence and remembrance tri-service cadet force debate in the House of Lords, chaired by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.

Shown live on the BBC Parliament channel, it involved 146 cadets and 47 Royal British Legion veterans.

Paul, a pupil at Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton, was the only air cadet from this area to win a coveted place.

“Over the last few months, teams from all over the UK have been taking part in preliminary debates adjudicated by the English Speaking Union,” said Paul, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday. “I was fortunate enough to be selected for the ATC finals held at RAF Cranwell and from there I was offered the opportunity of participating in the debate in the Lords.”

The debate focused on the question: “One hundred years after World War One, what is its legacy for the UK and how does it shape the nation today?”

Baroness D’Souza said it had been an extraordinarily good debate, with the majority agreeing the UK had not learned from its experience.

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