Month: August 2015
What does devolution mean for Bradford? Should we support regional devolution? To elect a mayor or not – and have her / him sit where? Are we stronger with Sheffield & North Yorkshire or better off as West Yorkshire alone? Join two of the most powerful and influential leaders when it comes to Bradford’s devolution, Bradford Council leader David Green and Roger Marsh, Chair of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, who’ll debate the devolution issues that matter most to us.
24th September 2015 – 19.00-21.30
Cllr Dave Green (Lab Wibsey) is Leader of Bradford Council and has served as councilor for more than 20 years. A former lead on regeneration, Cllr Green sits on the Local Enterprise Partnership & Combined Authority boards, and is part of the discussion on what form devolution in the North will take. Those of you who follow him on Twitter will be aware of #DavesWord – which will be Devolution – and if he doesn’t answer your questions, you can always #BlameDave.
Roger Marsh OBE is possibly the most powerful person you’ve never heard of when it comes to politics in West Yorkshire. His career has seen him move between the public and private sectors, including a Senior Partnership at PriceWaterhouse Cooper in Leeds with led on Northern issues, and was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Director General of Strategic Finance & Operations; he has been Chair of Leeds City Region Local Economic Partnership (LCR LEP) for two years. When he appointed to the position, he was described as bringing “unparalleled first hand insight and knowledge of… ‘efficiencies’, ‘reconfigurations’ and ‘policy redefinitions'” – so our first question to him should probably be what that means.
Don’t miss out on hearing two of the leaders who’ll take us into Devolution – and get your free ticket today.
Should all policy be based on sound science? Should politicians have to demonstrate the scientific understanding? Why don’t politicians just do what scientists tell them to?
Join us to debate the role of science in politics – get your free ticket here.
Tuesday 15th September
Who better to have on the panel than The University of Bradford’s Head of Pharmacy & Professor of Pharmacology, Marcus Rattray? Marcus’ career has included time in Baltimore, London and, as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, Australia, America and Singapore researching the treatment of drug users.
Celebrating Bradford’s science and politics is one of the district’s most senior & most outspoken politicians, Simon Cooke, councilor for Bingley Rural and leader of the Conservative group. If you’ve read The View from Cullingworth or follow him on Twitter, you’ll know that he is never afraid to share his opinion… and that his opinions are always thoughtful, reasoned and well researched. But are they scientifically provable?
Get your free ticket here and join us in the British Science Festival Fringe at Bradford Brewery on 15th September.