Question Time style debate pits Newcastle pupils against politicians and a not so secret millionaire

School pupils will join a leading local businessman and a councillor from Newcastle-under-Lyme in the “Question Time” hot seat for a special event in North Staffordshire. 

Panelists at the Newcastle-under-Lyme School event will include Mo Chaudry, owner of popular tourist attraction Waterworld, who has recently hit the headlines due to a take over bid for Port Vale FC. 

Mr Chaudry, who has appeared on TV’s Secret Millionaire, will be joined by Adam Aspin, former United Nations Labour Organisation employee, Andrew Dobson, Professor of Politics at Keele University, and David Kirby, a Liberal Democrat councillor. 

Newcastle-under-Lyme School is hosting its own version of the popular TV discussion programme on Thursday (23 June) to promote the school’s newly formed United Nations Youth and Student Association (UNYSA). 

There will be limited seats available to members of the public. Local residents are advised to apply in advance by email to [email protected]

The event will take place in the school’s Memorial Hall and will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. 

Following a talk on the aims of the UNYSA, a debate will be held on the wide reaching topic: Democracy. Is it worth it? 

The United Nations Youth and Student Association (UNYSA) has branches across the UK. Members are involved in a range of activities including: 

  • campaigning about global issues
  • raising awareness about the role of the UN
  • lobbying the government on key international concerns
  • educating young people about UN ideals and issues

Head Master Nick Rugg said: “Newcastle-under-Lyme School is delighted to have been able to establish its own UNYSA branch.  The association is a forum for debate about important issues which affect the world we live in and it was felt that a Question Time event would be an ideal way to launch UNYSA at our school.

“I’d like to thank the panelists for making themselves available and look forward to some lively debate on the night.”


For further information contact Ian Cartwright on 01782 664620.

Note to editors:

Newcastle-under-Lyme School is an independent day school catering for pupils from three to 18 years of age. A nursery, junior school, senior school and sixth form are all part of the school family. The School is able to commit over £700,000 a year from its own resources to support the education of children from lower income backgrounds. 

The School’s website can be accessed at

Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DB.