The general election was followed by many saying that there’s no point in voting, that voting doesn’t change a thing and that many votes were ‘wasted’ as smaller parties which gained a significant proportion of the total vote were denied a voice in Parliament. Others felt that the present system meant that they had to vote tactically, putting a cross not next to their preferred party, but next to the party they felt would keep out the one they liked least. However, for most – with 66% of us casting a ballot, the highest proportion since 1997 – voting is an inalienable right; a demonstration that we the people wield the power; a show of strength and the most important choice we make.
But what difference does voting make?
Come and listen to our expert speakers who will argue, espouse and explain why voting does – or does not – matter. When? Thursday 25th June – 7pm to 9pm and beyond Where? Bradford Brewery – 11 Rawson Road, BD1 3SH Your free ticket is available here*
- Baroness Glenys Thornton of Manningham (Labour & Co-Op) – Baroness Thornton is Labour’s Shadow Spokesperson for Equalities & Women’s Issues in the House of Lords. Prior to this, she was a Shadow Spokesperson, Government Spokesperson and Government Whip, all in the Lords, has chaired Social Enterprise Coalition and is a former General Secretary of the Fabian Society.
- David Ward (Liberal Democrats) – David is the former MP for Bradford East and former Bradford Councillor for Idle & Thackley. A Bantams fan, he worked at Bradford City FC to help the club build links with the communities in Manningham, and his interests and work, including charitable, continue in anti-racism and community cohesion. An outspoken figure, he is not one to toe the party line, mince his words or bite his tongue when he believes something needs saying.
- Debbie Davies (Conservative) – Debbie is Conservative councillor for Baildon and is Bradford Tories’ Spokesperson on Children’s Services. Among her policy interests are literacy and oratory, supporting the Bradford Literacy Campaign and Debating Matters. After graduating in Historical & Political Studies at Huddersfield, she went on to be the agent and secretary for Haltemprice & Howden Conservative Association and was also a parish councillor before being elected to Bradford Council in 2012.
- Will Robinson (no party) – Will is one of the co-founders of Politics in the Pub and believes that many of us want to be more engaged in politics but thinks that politics needs to become more engaging, putting the onus firmly on the politicians and parties. A natural cynic and skeptic, he’ll be arguing that voting is pointless.
- Speaker’s Corner: John Atkinson – Why are our kids worth less than London’s?
If you have any questions for our speakers on What’s the Point in Voting? you can submit them as a comment here. We’ll pre-select a few before the night, but there’ll also be a Q&A later in the evening.
*People with tickets will be given priority entry if the event is overly popular for the room, and will get a free bowl of chilli courtesy of Bradford Brewery.