Month: October 2015
Suddenly there’s been a flurry of great reads on devolution and elected mayors. Here’s a link to Helen Pidd’s article – she’s Northern Editor of The Guardian and was invited to speak at our next event on elected mayors, but couldn’t make it that night.
And don’t forget to get your ticket for our next event, Elected Mayors.
Were you at our Devolution 1 event with Roger Marsh and Cllr Dave Green? Here are Cllr Green’s thoughts and an update about where devolution is going and what’s happening, with a bit of history and politics all thrown in.
A good read!
The Whys and Wherefores of Devolution
The issue of devolution has been a major talking point in the media and in some political circles since the general Election in May and I believe that we are getting to a point where a decision one way or the other will have to be made. I have tried to write this briefing in a way that takes out some of the bureaucratic language and technical jargon in which the current debate has been couched in to date in an effort to allow a greater understanding of the pros and cons of any devolution deal prior to any decisions being made.
The first point to make is that this is not a Labour agenda, nor necessarily a Local Government agenda. It is being driven by a Tory Government and we are well aware of the dangers of a devolution of blame and cuts…
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After the sell-out success of our last Devolution event with Cllr Dave Green and Roger Marsh OBE, you said you wanted more… so here it is!
Back in 2012, Bradford said “NO!” to elected mayors… but if we want devolution, we may need an evolution of ideas and embrace a Boris of the North.
Would Bradford be better off with an elected mayor for Leeds City Region? Should we hold out for a Yorkshire Assembly for Greater Yorkshire? What’s next for Bradford, Yorkshire and the rest of the Northern Powerhouse? Find out on 10th November.
Panellists will be revealed over the next week, but we’re delighted that Len Tingle, BBC Regional Political Editor, and Shipley MP Philip Davies will be joining us – and you can join us with your free ticket.
Len Tingle is the BBC’s political editor for Yorkshire, reporting & commenting on the region for many BBC TV programmes, most frequently Look North and Sunday Politics, and is a regular voice on the BBC’s local radio stations. He is one of the most informed, articulate and unbiased voices on devolution, elected mayors and the wider political scene across Yorkshire & North Midlands. A Barnsley lad, he’s a former Business & Industry specialist for both ITV and BBC, musing “Think of an idyllic or exotic place and I’ve probably reported from a shop floor, steel mill or coal mine close by – then caught the next flight out without seeing a single tourist attraction”… so it’s high time he got rewarded with a visit to somewhere glamorous. Welcome to Bradford, Len.
Always outspoken, never afraid of speaking his mind and frequently disagreeing with his own whips when he feels the Conservatives aren’t where they should be, Philip Davies has been Shipley’s MP since 2005, increasing his majority from just 422 to nearly 10,000. He has served on the influential Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, and was the first MP to publicly call for Britain to withdraw from the EU. Philip will be speaking out against the devolution offers on the table, and especially against elected mayors, but mainly he’ll be speaking plainly and pulling no punches as he’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Campaign Against Political Correctness.
To hear Philip Davies MP and other panellists talk about Elected Mayors, get your free ticket today.
We know that this event will be bigger and more popular than previous ones so we’re going ‘on the road’ again… this time, all the way down the road to The Beerhouse on North Parade. The Beerhouse is part of Bradford’s burgeoning Independent Quarter and serve great food, cask ales, beers and wines on North Parade. We love them – you will too.
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Guest Post from Hannah Festival
As people living in places across England’s north we have no choice but to work together to bring back the authority and responsibility we need to look after ourselves and each other.
No one is going to do it for us.
When: Saturday 7th November – 11.00 to 16.00
Where: Carlisle Business Centre, Manningham
Please come along to a half-day event in Manningham, Bradford, to listen, talk and share ideas about the kind of places we want to live in and why. Tickets are ‘pay as you feel’ and available here.
This will be the first in an ongoing series of activities to make links between people, create new ideas and make new things happen.
The event is open to, and welcomes, anyone who is making their life here now.
At this event it doesn’t matter if you think of the place you live as being in the north, in Yorkshire, in West Yorkshire or all three.
Childcare is available.
Please register so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Thanks!
The main organisers of this event are Leila Taleb, JUST West Yorkshire; Ed Carlisle, Together for Peace; Barry Winter, Hannah Mitchell Foundation; Rod Dixon, Red Ladder; Andrew Wilson, Hannah Directory; Leeds Summat; Involve YH; Northern Refugee Centre and Ian Martin.