Brighton school hosts Question Time style debate with its own Dimbleby in the chair

Posted On 14 May 2016 at 1:17 pm

A Brighton school hosted a Question Time style debate this week with an MP, former MP, two students and its very own Dimbleby in the chair.

Fred Dimbleby, 18, son of Question Time presenter David Dimbleby, chaired the debate on the European Union (EU) referendum at Brighton College on Monday evening (9 May).

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg argued for leaving the EU, along with 16-year-old pupil Molly O’Gorman.

Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris was joined by 17-year-old Alex Manzoor in arguing to remain.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP with Fred Dimbleby and Matthew Parris at Brighton College - Picture by David McHugh

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP with Fred Dimbleby and Matthew Parris at Brighton College – Picture by David McHugh

Brighton College said that it hosted the “Brexit” debate to help its own and other local schools’ sixth-formers learn more about the subject.

The school said that Fred did his parents and his illustrious family name proud, with his mother Belinda and father both in the audience.

Not only is his father the long-serving presenter of Question Time but his uncle Jonathan presents a similar panel programme, Any Questions, on BBC Radio 4. And grandfather Richard Dimbleby was the BBC’s first war correspondent.

Fred Dimblebey - Picture by David McHugh

Fred Dimblebey – Picture by David McHugh

Fred said: “I was pretty nervous before the debate started and both Mr Rees-Mogg and Mr Parris are very eloquent speakers and very experienced at this sort of event.

“I didn’t want to make a hash of it. But once it got going, I absolutely loved it.

“I would love to make a career in political journalism but I am not quite sure whether I would like to go into TV journalism. I’m more into podcasting which is big in the US but hasn’t crossed over here as much yet.”

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Fred did a great job and I think his dad was very proud of him.”

Mr Parris said: “I think the sixth formers were more impressive than some of the people on the actual Question Time!”

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