Leanne Muhamad of Wansted High School, won the "Speak out" challenge after giving this impressive performance to enthusiastic applause. But a day later, the Speakers Trust decided Leanne will no longer be sent through to the grand final of the public speaking competition. It seems that giving a personal account of the Nakba and a plea for end to discrimination against Palestinians is not acceptable in the UK in 2016. Predictably, after Leane's win was retracted, the video was removed from the Speak Out Trust website, but not before we were able to download it. Judge for yourself the quality of this young person's presentation.
The Speak Out challenge is described thus: "In each one-day workshop, students take part in games and exercises to encourage them to think on their feet in a fun, interactive and safe environment. The day culminates in a “Speak Out” speech contest where students can speak on any topic they feel strongly about – using only their voices, their words and their passion. Notes are not allowed; they must use the techniques from the training."