ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY: The Oxford Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. Since 1823, the Union has been promoting debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.
From Lloyd George, to Winston Churchill, right up to David Cameron, the Union has hosted Britain's most important and influential policy-makers.
Our political speakers are from right across the spectrum: Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, David Miliband, Theresa May, Sir John Major, and Alex Salmond have all made rousing speeches here. Senator Robert Kennedy’s visit in the 1960s blazed a trail for America’s political heavyweights; since, we have hosted John McCain, Nancy Pelosi; Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, and John Kerry; as well as, Presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan: it was at the Oxford Union where President Nixon first publicly apologised for the Watergate scandal.
Fashion, Sport, Musicians, TV and Hollywood giants, when it comes to esteemed people the Union’s record is remarkable.
We have heard from Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Gambon, Mark Hamill and The Game of Thrones & Harry Potter cast and many more. However, this is not just an opportunity to ask about their latest blockbuster: in one of the most riveting talks to date, Sir Ian McKellen described, with a dramatic presence of which only a Shakespearean stage actor of his calibre would be capable, his lifelong support for the gay rights movement in the United Kingdom, whilst Vanessa Redgrave affirmed her burning support for refugees the world over in light of recent events.