Month: July 2016

‘The Killings of Tony Blair’ with George Galloway

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GG-TKOTBFormer Bradford West MP George Galloway will be back in the city this Monday for a special screening of his documentary ‘The Killings of Tony Blair’ at Picturehouse at the National Media Museum. To make the screening even more special for his former constituents, there’ll be a Q&A session about the making of the film, what drove him to create it and what it demonstrates about the state of politics today, led by Politics in the Pub’s own Dermot Bolton.

Thanks to Picturehouse, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away to friends of Politics in the Pub. To win a pair of tickets, simply comment on our Facebook thread with the question you’d like to ask George Galloway following the screening. Questions should be about the themes and topics of the film, such as Tony Blair’s time as prime minister, his decision to invade Iraq or his business dealings since leaving office. Dermot will select his two preferred questions and will contact the winners on Saturday morning. The winners will each receive two tickets for the screening on Monday 1st August at 8.30pm, and will be invited to ask their questions during the Q&A session.*

‘The Killings of Tony Blair’ is a feature-length documentary, co-written and presented by George Galloway, and combines testimony from prominent observers, ambassadors and statesmen to paint a vivid picture of Blair’s time in office and what he’s done since leaving Number 10, suggesting that his actions reveal “a messianic pursuit of personal glory and financial reward.” ‘The Killings of Tony Blair’ comes at an important, even chaotic, period in British and international politics, and is a “timely and thought-provoking exposé which denounces the corruption of the UK’s political elite,” exploring Blair’s premiership, his decision to join the American invasion of Iraq and his role as a peace envoy.

Tickets for this special showing on Monday 1st August at 20.30 can be purchased from Picturehouse at National Media Museum, online, or by calling 0871 902 5756 (calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).

*Dermot will choose the questions he thinks are most suitable and his decision is final.


New Event – Brexit: what next for Bradford & Beyond?

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FarageWhat will the EU vote mean for Bradford and the country? Focus has been on the markets, the pound and trade, but how will affect Bradfordians, our local economy and our council? Join four outstanding speakers, including the Susan Hinclcliffe, leader of the council, and Simon Cooke, leader of Bradford Conservative group, to hear how they think voting leave will change our lives, and ask questions about what’s around the corner.

  • When: Wednesday 27th July – 7.15pm
  • Where: Bier Keller, Morley St, Bradford (just behind The Alhambra)
  • Get your free ticket today.

Our expert panel will share how they think the vote to leave will affect you and your family in Bradford. You’ll also have the perfect opportunity to ask questions about what plans for leaving have been made, how the vote might affect you, and what we can expect over the coming weeks, months & years.


Our panel:

Susan HinchcliffeCllr Susan Hinchcliffe is leader of the council & the ruling Labour group, and campaigned for Remain during the referendum campaign. She has been a councillor for Windhill & Wrose since 2011, and has previously stood for election as MP for Shipley. She was previously on the council’s Executive as portfolio holder for Education, Skills & Culture. A successful business person as well, Cllr Hinchcliffe is the bête noir of the T&A comments section with any story about her always causing gnashing of teeth below the line.

CookeCllr Simon Cooke is leader of Bradford’s Conservative group and one of the District’s most senior and outspoken politicians, and campaigned to Leave. We’re delighted to have him return to our stage. Cllr Cooke serves the people of Bingley Rural with passion, is never one to duck an argument or gloss an opinion, and is arguably the District’s most outspoken politician on social media, using Twitter and The View from Cullingworth blog to share, discuss and argue his ideas… especially his personal crusade to shine a light on ‘nannying fussbucketry’.

Emma Pentelow is a director of The Pentelow Practice, a Principal Partner Practice within EmmaPentelowSt. James’s Place a FTSE 100 Wealth management firm with offices in both Skipton and Leeds. Emma specialises in working with Owner Managed Businesses and has an interest in later life advice and planning.  Schooled at North Halifax High she’s worked in Woolworths, been a bar manager and a chamber maid. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA in Management and Sociology, and worked in industry for several years before being persuaded by her dad to train as a financial advisor within his practice. She now manages a portfolio of 233 private and corporate clients.

In addition to two of Bradford’s most powerful politicians, we’ll be announcing further panel members shortly.

To find out how the Leave vote will affect you, your District, your council and beyond, join us for our latest – dare we say final? – EU Referendum debate. Get your ticket today.