Month: October 2015

Labour should Seize the Day on Elected Mayors in England – Helen Pidd

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PiddSuddenly 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.

A link to her excellent article is here.

And don’t forget to get your ticket for our next event, Elected Mayors.


What do ‘Northern Devolution’ or the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ mean to you?

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What does devolution and Northern Powerhouse mean to you? Answers from Bradford and Huddesrfield.

We Share The Same Skies

Here are a few views from people in Bradford and Huddersfield… What do you think?


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An Attempt To Explain What Is Happening With Devolution – Long But Hopefully Clear(ish)

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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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Devolution 2: Elected Mayors

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boris-johnson-beerAfter 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, BBC Political Editor for Yorkshire & North Midlands

Len Tingle is the BBC’s political editor for Yorkshire, reporting & commenting on the region for many BBC TV lentingleprogrammes, 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.

Philip Davies MP (Conservative, Shipley)

Davies-Philip-MPAlways 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.

BeerhouseWe 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.

Tickets remain free – but you’ll need to get yours quick!

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What kind of region do you want to live in?

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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, Hannahtalk 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.