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I hope you had a great week last week at the Oxford Union, whether it’s by attacking Katie Hopkins, meeting Jack Gleeson or listening to our socialism debate.
Last week of the term remains extremely busy at the Oxford Union including highly-anticipated visits of Sir Ranulph Fiennes tonight, Jesse Jackson on Tuesday night and Malala Yousafzai on Saturday.
I wish you all a good end to the term and a Merry Christmas. As my term as President comes to an end, I would like to add that it has been an absolute pleasure serving you as President and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.
As most of you may be aware, unfortunately, the visit of Buzz Aldrin has had to be cancelled due to health reasons on his part. I once again apologise for those disappointed and I hope you will all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.
On better news, we have several amazing events that are happening this week. After Dragon’s Den presenter Evan Davis and the President of the International Court of Justice Peter Tomka tonight, we will also be joined by Katie Hopkins and 'Joffrey Baratheon'on Wednesday and former Director of the CIA Michael Morell on Thursday.
Please also come along to our final debate of the term, on socialism, featuring John Redwood, Dan Hannan, Jeremy Corbyn and several others.
The Oxford Union is very sad to announce that due to medical conditions that have resulted in the cancellation of speech appearances in the USA for the past two weeks, Buzz Aldrin has been advised by his doctor not to fly to the UK to address us next Tuesday. I know that many of you will be extremely disappointed by this outcome, none more so than myself and the rest of this term's committee who have worked all summer to secure his visit and the sponsorship of the event from Satellite Applications Catapult.
I apologise for the inconveniences or upset that this may cause but I do hope you have had a great term so far at the Oxford Union and are looking forward to the numerous events we have organised for the last 2 weeks of the term. I also hope that you will all join me in wishing Buzz a healthy and speedy recovery.