Paul Thomas

Paul is a civil servant who has lived in Leeds for over 25 years. He is a co-founder and organiser of The Leeds Salon public discussion forum, and writes regularly for its online journal Freedom in a Puritan Age and the Leeds-based Culture Vulture blog. He took part in the panel-debate Recession Proofing: From Union Militancy to Reskilling at the Battle of Ideas 2009. He has been a judge in the Academy of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition since 2008, and helps chair and run competition events throughout the north of England. Using the DM format, Paul also runs the Headingley Festival of Ideas Schools Debating Competition for years 10 & 11 pupils.

Related Sessions
Monday 11 October 2010, 6.30pm Leeds Civic Hall, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1UR
Sunday 31 October 2010, 9.45am Henry Moore Gallery

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Can GM crops feed the world - Thomas Deichmann

"This is an event where I feel that I can say exactly what I think - which is an extremely rare situation these days."
Geoff Dench, Senior fellow, Young Foundation