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Politics in the Pub is delighted to be part of Bradford Literature Festival and bringing you Poetry with a Punch, a poetry revue with a finely honed political edge.
Poetry with a Punch has an outstanding line up of political poets who’ll leave you angered, enraged and thoroughly entertained: multifaceted John Hegley will join Bradford’s own Nick Toczek, artist & spoken word performer Asma Elbadawi, writer & artist Jay Bernard, young poet laureate for London Selina Nwulu and journalist Atif Tauqeer, all expertly hosted by Ralph Dartford, co-founder of A Firm of Poets.
Take a double punk spirit with your beer, then Stand Up & Spit with Bradford Literature Festival & Politics in the Pub on 25th May 2016.
Tickets are just £6 (all going to Bradford Literature Festival and their amazing programme) and are available from Bradford Literature Festival.
Can’t make it? See the extraordinary array of political events on at this year’s Bradford Literature Festival.
To leave or remain: that is the question. Join Bradford Politics in the Pub for the debate of the year – maybe, even, the debate of the decade – as two of Bradford’s most outspoken commenters on European politics go head to head over the question that will dominate politics for the next few months and beyond. Shipley’s Philip Davies MP will be putting forward the case for leave; Yorkshire & Humber MEP Richard Corbett will argue we’re better off in the EU; ensuring the debate runs smoothly will be our returning guest-Chair, Len Tingle.
- When: Thursday 31st March 7.30pm
- Where: Bradford City Centre – exact venue tbc.
- Tickets: Free from Eventbrite
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 the 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 was high time he got rewarded with another visit to somewhere glamorous. Welcome back to Bradford, Len.
Richard Corbett MEP is Labour MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber, and is Deputy Leader of Labour Members of the European Parliament. Originally from Merseyside, serving the area as an MEP, Richard’s first taste of the right side of The Pennines was university in Hull, making his choice to swap Merseyside for Yorkshire again all the easier in 1999 when he first became our MEP. Richard, a speaker of four languages, has written a number of books, enjoys sports and describes himself as “the most boring person you can safely vote for”; but we know that self-depreciatory claim will be made a mockery of when he speaks to you about the EU.
Philip Davies has been Shipley’s outspoken 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. Most importantly, though, he pulls no punches and speaks plainly as he’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Campaign Against Political Correctness. Originally from Doncaster, Philip came to west Yorkshire as a student at University of Huddersfield before embarking on a career with ASDA in customer services then marketing. He enjoys sports, particularly horse racing.
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union? The best place to hear both sides of the argument is right here in Bradford on 31st March. Make sure you get your ticket today.
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Wow! What a night! Love took centre stage as politicians from the full spectrum gathered at The Library Bar to woo potential voters… and what a show they put on.
Thanks so much to all the speakers and all who came to listen. At the end of the night, the politicians got a resounding vote of thanks with a hearty round of applause – and, boy, did they deserve it.
Because the Valentine’s special took so much organising, but was so very, very special, we hope to put on a similar night… next year. In the mean time, look out for future events on the EU referendum, the joy of tax, the NHS and much, much more, all happening right here in Bradford city centre.
Tired of the same faces, same arguments, same policies week after week? Bored of the carbon copy bombast? Take a fresh look at politics, hear new arguments and speak to passionate people who might just make you think again about the other parties at our Valentine’s Political Speed Dating event.
This is easily our most expansive, exciting and unusual event to date. A whole host of outstanding speakers will be on hand to tell you why they love their politics, and why you should too.
It’s certainly not one to miss!
- Glyde House (opposite Bradford Ice Arena), Glydegate, Little Horton Lane BD5 0BQ
- 17th February – 7pm
Booking is essential as we expect this to be yet another sell out – and with these speakers, how could it not be?
Naz Shah MP (Labour, Bradford West) – Naz is returning to Politics in the Pub to convince you that Labour’s got it right on women and that their All Women Shortlists are working to make Parliament more inclusive, more representative and better able to work for everyone.
Party leaders Dave Green (Labour, Wibsey) and Simon Cooke (Conservative, Bingley Rural) have both spoken at Politics in the Pub before and will* return to tell you why their respective parties deserve your vote nationally and locally.
Kersten England (Chief Executive Bradford Council) – Kersten is coming along to tell you about the role of the council, how it works and how our society wouldn’t look anything like it does without the vital services it provides.
Hawarun Hussain (Shipley, Green Party) – Hawarun will be hoping to convince you that The Green Party deserves your vote, explaining how it’s not just for veggies & vegans, but filled with local & national policies which will strike a chime with you.
Jason Smith (UKIP) – Jason firmly believes the UK is better off out of the EU and will work tirelessly to convince you that only UKIP’s policies, including but not only voting to leave, is the right way forward.
Yorkshire First – YF believe that Britain’s biggest county needs a stronger voice locally and nationally, and their representative (tbc) will talk up the county and the need for a Yorkshire Parliament.
Ralph Berry (Wibsey, Lab&Coop) – Ralph will be talking about the Cooperative movement and party, and how they link to but are distinct from Labour.
On top of these great speakers, we’ve got representatives of The Co-Operative Party and more – so you’re sure to find something to love.
Find a new political love at Politics in the Pub’s Valentine’s Special – book now to ensure your place at the tables.
Devolution 2: Elected Mayors… the debate you do not want to miss.
Where: The Beerhouse, North Parade.
When: 10th November, 7pm.
After a few ups and downs, we’re delighted to announce our full line-up.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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!