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How do you solve a problem like Darley St? Regenerating Bradford

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How do you solve a problem like Darley Street? Bradford Politics in the Pub and Bradford Civic Society want to show you what’s happening now, what’s coming to Bradford’s Independent Quarter and ask you what you think should be done to make sure ‘Top of Town’ doesn’t end up on Skid Row.


When: 11th April 2017 – 7.15pm
Where: The New Beehive; 169-171 Westgate BD1 3AA (some parking is available to the rear and there’s a pay & display right next door on St Thomas’s Road)
Tickets: Get your free ticket here.

We’re delighted to announce a long-term association with Bradford Civic Society, with BradfordCivic‘How do you solve a problem like Darley Street?’ being the first of many joint debates which will enlighten, empower and engage Bradfordians and encourage all of us to take more interest and responsibility for what happens in our city and district.

DarleySt_WildWoods‘How do you solve a problem like Darley Street?’ will bring together three fervent and diverse people who are driving Bradford’s regeneration forward. Knowledgeable, expert and passionate, our panel will show you what’s going, which problems are being overcome, and the direction Bradford’s taking as well as putting forward their diverse views on what the next steps should be.

Our Panel:

David Craig is an adopted Bradfordian running his own multi-disciplinary design and architecture studio based in Bradford, and is a director of Assembly Bradford, the co-working space in Rawson Place. He is also a trustee of Shipley’s Kirkgate Centre. Having designed a number of venues in Bradford, including The Record Café, The Beerhouse and Bradford Brewery, David is passionate about the city he is at the heart of regenerating as he follows his passion for spaces and places.

Simon Cooke is leader of the Conservative Group on Bradford Council and an expert on regeneration. A regular Politics in the Pub panellist and firm favourite no matter which side of politics your beliefs reside, Simon’s indefatigable efforts to move Bradford District forward and his unrelenting attacks on nannying fussbucketry has won him many admirers across the political spectrum as well as a critic or two for his uncompromising, often firebrand, style.

Alex Ross-Shaw is a Labour councillor for Windhill & Wrose. As portfolio holder for Regeneration, Pleanning & Transoprt, Alex is the perfect person to reveal what’s going on in Bradford’s Top of Town and plans for the future, including the plans to move, improve & relocate the city’s existing markets.

You – arguably the most important part of today’s panel – are interested in the city’s future, want to see a vibrant centre of the district are keen ensure Bradford’s Independent Quarter regeneration keeps apace and that Top of Town doesn’t lose out to Broadway’s draw. Bradford Civic Society and Politics in the Pub will be asking you what should happen, where we should go and what Darley St and beyond should look like. We’ll gather your thoughts and present them to the council for their consideration, ensuring your ideas are put to those with the power to realise them.

In Speaker’s Corner will be Alan Hall, Chair of Bradford Civic Society.

When: 11th April 2017 – 7.15pm
Where: The New Beehive; 169-171 Westgate BD1 3AA (some parking is available to the rear and there’s a pay & display right next door on St Thomas’s Road)
Tickets: Get your free ticket here.

Our venue:

We continue to take you on a trip round Bradford’s pubs; we hope to remind you that there’s a city out there waiting to be explored, to show you new places and give you a reminder that Bradford’s home to a few gems. The New Beehive falls into the latter category for most but if you’ve never been to the Beehive, you’ve not yet experienced a true joy and a wonderful part of Bradford’s public house history.

Listed as one of CAMRA’s nationally important pub interiors, the Edwardian beauty is still lit by gaslight giving it a warm, cosy and friendly ambiance, about as far away from the modern craft ale bar interiors as you can find. To step into The New Beehive Inn is to step back in time, so where better a place to discuss how Bradford can retain its rich history and its unique charm as it pushes forward into 21st Century?

Tickets are limited and we expect this event to sell out, so please book today.

When: 11th April 2017 – 7.15pm
Where: The New Beehive; 169-171 Westgate BD1 3AA (some parking is available to the rear and there’s a pay & display right next door on St Thomas’s Road)
Tickets: Get your free ticket here.



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.


EU Referendum 2 – Politics without the Politicians

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The referendum debate rages on… but is the quality of the discourse increasing with its volume? If you want a little more than how Hitler would vote and how Putin’s keeping abreast of the situation, the next Politics in the Pub’s for you.


As the politicians move ever further apart, with every claim countered and every fact parried, we wanted to hear from those without political skin in the game. They’re knowledgeable, they’re educated, they work with, in and sometimes despite the EU every day… and none of them are looking for your vote. We’ve handpicked the guests because of their experience and interest, but, most of all, their ability to given a neutral, reasoned, nuanced to an argument that grows more polarised by the hour.

If you want to know what it’s really like for business in Europe, how the EU actually affects our laws and the truth about the economic argument, you’ve got to come to EU Referendum 2.


Our Panel

From business, Andrew Mason, MD of New Mason Design*

As an employer, an entrepreneur and a trader, Andrew is well-used to working within building regulations, employment law and importing goods, so will be a great person to hear how the EU affects, for good or ill, British businesses.

New Mason Design is a Bradford-based company specialising in breathing life back into historical buildings, marrying traditional architecture with modern technology, so Bradford, with its wonderful but often unloved architecture, is the perfect marketplace.

Andrew was born in Shipley and had a varied career before graduating from Warwick as a mature student. He travelled Latin America and South Africa working in social housing, getting held up at gun point twice in the process, before returning to Yorkshire. He started working on Bradford’s regeneration 20 years ago and has been hooked ever since. Outside of breathing life back into Bradford’s unloved gems, he is a keen reader, walker & gardener and enjoys the odd pint – so I know we can help him out with the last one.

From academia and economics, Dr Mark Baimbridge, Senior Lecturer in Economics at University of Bradford*

Mark is an expert in Britain’s relationship with the EU, his research interests including European economics, political integration and the Eurozone. He has written widely on the subject of economics and Europe, including reporting to the Treasury Select Committee on globalisation and business investment.

Mark is excellently placed to tell us about how the EU affects academia and the possible economic impact of Brexit.

From the law, Debbie Jukes, Head of Professional Knowledge at a leading UK law firm*

Debbie is now Head of Knowledge at a global law firm which has over 3500 lawyers worldwide, and is responsible for, amongst other things, the research team and legal libraries. Her team has been actively involved in researching and educating the firm’s clients on the likely impact on them Brexit in legal terms – providing training, seminars, briefings and helping clients build contingency plans. She is corporate/ and commercial lawyer having specialised for over 20 years in advising clients on mergers & acquisitions, long term commercial contracts, outsourcings and joint ventures, particularly in the financial services sector.

Debbie is naturalised Yorkshire. She grew up near the Welsh border before seeing the light and moving to Yorkshire nearly 30 years ago for work. She’s a regular at Politicsw in the Pub, bringing along her 18 year old son who, as a politics student, is now capable of out arguing Debbie and the entire family on anything and everything – so we’re offering her family counselling rather than the customary pint given to speakers.

If you want to hear from experts in their fields, people who, together, know the EU inside and out, and can tell you what it’s really like now and could be like after the referendum, book your ticket today.


*Please note, all our panellists are appearing in a personal capacity and any views they express about the European Union or the forthcoming referendum are personal views and are not necessarily the views of their employers and should not be inferred as such.

Event Update: EU Referendum 1

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The biggest question we’ll be asked this year is “Europe: leave or remain?” Politics in the Pub is delighted to bring you all you need to know to make up your mind.


TimIredaleTim Iredale, BBC’s political editor for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, and will stand between our two heavyweight guests to ensure that you get the answers you want. Tim, a proud Yorkshireman and Bradford resident, is one of the region’s foremost political journalists, fronting Sunday Politics and Look North’s Hull programme. He once said his scariest moment was asking John Prescott about ‘that punch’ – so we knew that he was the man to come between Richard Corbett and Philip Davies in a Bier Keller in Bradford.

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, is an outspoken proponent of #VoteLeave and will spell out the reasons Britain Davies-Philip-MPshould be out of Europe. Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Campaign Against Political Correctness, Philip was the first MP to publicly call for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and will do his utmost to convince you that we’re better off out.

Richard Corbett, MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber, is a passionate Europhile and will be richardcorbetttelling you exactly why we’re #StrongerIn. Richard is Deputy Leader of Labour Members of the European Parliament and speaks four languages. He describes himself as “the most boring person you can safely vote for” but we know he’ll enthral and engage you in the EU.

We’re delighted to be again ‘on the road’ and what a perfect place for an EU debate we have: Bradford’s Bier Keller on Morley St. We’ve put the oompah band on hold as our guests will have all the oomph needed to convince you.

Tickets are limited so make sure you book today.


Poetry with a Punch: Politics, Poetry & a Pub

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BLF LogoPolitics 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.


New Event: EU Referendum 1

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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

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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 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.

richardcorbett 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. Davies-Philip-MPHe 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.


Fall in Love with Politics – Politics in the Pub Valentine’s Special

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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.

Politicians KissingWith around a dozen politicos ready, willing and eager to tempt you to change your mind, you’re sure to find something to bridge the divide… and maybe even cross it.

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?

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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.

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