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Debate prize will honour Dewar.

STUDENTS from across the world will take part in a competition held in memory of the late Scottish First Minister Donald Dewar.

Mr Dewar, who died in October, will have a prize named in his honour at the World Universities Debating Championship at Glasgow University - where he was a student.

More than 900 students are to gather in the city, which is hosting the biggest non-sporting student competition in the world.

Entrants from more than 20 countries will take part in the contest, which runs from December 27 until January 3, with the top participant named the Donald Dewar Best Speaker.

The memorial is an effort by students at Glasgow University to pay tribute to Mr Dewar, who died after a brain haemorrhage.

As a law student, he was a leading light in the debating society along with his friend John Smith, the late Labour leader, and Lib-Dem foreign affairs spokesman Menzies Campbell.

It will be an especially poignant moment for the university, as students organising the championship had asked Mr Dewar to chair the final - although he had been unable to due to other commitments.

"He was a very modest man," said Kate Bullions, debates convener at the Glasgow University Union, which is organising the competition.

"We are trying to do things in keeping with the way he was."

The eight-day competition will see five days of continuous debating by the students from every continent.

The competition has been dominated by Glasgow University, whose debaters have lifted the prize five times.
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