Devo 2: Elected Mayors – update on speakers

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boris-johnson-beerDevolution 2: Elected Mayors… the debate you do not want to miss.

Where: The Beerhouse, North Parade.
When: 10th November, 7pm.
Free ticket available here.

After a few ups and downs, we’re delighted to announce our full line-up.

JeanetteSunderlandCouncillor Jeanette Sunderland (Liberal Democrats, Idle & Thackley)

Cllr Jeanette Sunderland is Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Bradford Council and has been councillor for Idle & Thackley for some 20 years, serving the her community and the wider District with distinction. She stood unsuccessfully for parliament against former MP George Galloway and current Bradford East MP Imran Hussain in the 2012 Bradford West by-election. Cllr Sunderland also serves the District on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority board, along with previous Politics in the Pub guests Dave Green and Roger Marsh OBE, so is excellently placed to tell us how devolution will benefit Bradford, although has spoken out against elected mayors saying Yorkshire should be together and governed by an assembly, like the devolved home nations, rather than a single person: “We could do with a Nicola Sturgeon,” she told Bradford T&A, “What we are going to end up with is a Boris Johnson.” Outside of City Hall, she has raised thousands of pounds with her cycling siblings with charity rides across the the country and the glove, all in aid of Marie Curie.

Councillor Simon Cooke (Conservative, Bingley Rural)Simon Cooke

Cllr Simon Cooke is our first returning Politics in the Pub guest and is back by popular demand after speaking at our British Science Festival Fringe event. Simon is Leader of the Conservative Group on Bradford Council and has serves the people of Bingley Rural as their councillor. Outspoken and forthright, Cllr Cooke is never afraid to tell it how it he sees it, and is one of the most vocal local politicians on social media, using Twitter and his blog The View from Cullingworth to share his views far and wide… especially his personal crusade to shine a light on ‘nannying fussbucketry’ wherever it rears its head. He is at the forefront of devolution in Yorkshire, supporting the Greater Yorkshire proposal which would see West, North and East Yorkshire join together. Cllr Cooke has spoken out in favour of elected mayors, saying the bigger Greater Yorkshire choice could attract the same big personalities the Mayor of London races have seen and “it would give Yorkshire a lot more oomph than it has got at the moment.”

TomForthTom Forth

Tom Forth runs imactivate, a software and data company in Leeds. He is also an associate at ODILeeds who promote and work with open data in business. charity, and government. A prolific tweeter and a believer in the NorthernPowerhouse, he has written in support of elected Mayors for years, most recently at CityMetric where he said, “Back in 2012, I was trying to convince anyone who’d listen that we should have an elected mayor in Leeds. The proposal was far from perfect but it seemed like an improvement on the status quo. I’d seen Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson representing London’s interests on the national stage, and I wanted some of the same for my city. Instead of electing a local councillor to collect bins, fix swings, and fill grit boxes, I wanted to elect a mayor to tackle poverty, improve schools, and fix the city’s transport.”

Len Tingle, BBC Political Editor for Yorkshire & North Midlandslentingle

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.

To hear Cllrs Sunderland & Cooke, Tom Forth and Len Tingle, get your free ticket today.

Unfortunately Shipley’s Philip Davies MP will no longer be able to join us as he has to stay in Parliament over the recess so will not be returning north. We’re really sorry to be missing his straight-talking style which has won him plenty of plaudits and enemies in the corridors of power. We hope he’ll join us soon, though.

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.

There’s only one place and one time to hear all these great speakers – but there’s a ton of reasons to get your free ticket today!


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