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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.



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.


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.


Oh, what a LOVEly Night!

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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.

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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.

Politics Pub Quiz at Home – Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from everyone at Politics in the Pub.

We’re as busy as Santa’s elves, making sure that 2016 is full of debates and discussions covering the full political spectrum. If you have any ideas for topics or speakers, please give us a shout.


In the mean time, for those of you who didn’t make our Christmas Quiz at the brewery (as well organised as it was), why not sit back, relax and have a go at the questions. Remember – no cheating… or this guy’ll be after you!

Blog - TuckerPicture Round – Picture Quiz

Download the Picture Quiz here. There are two parts: a simple ‘Who’s that?’ about politicians from Bradford or with a strong connection to the district. The second parts asks you to make links between the pictures to find places in Bradford; for example,


Round 1 – Bradford Politics

  1. Name the local leaders of the three main political parties in Bradford (Con, Lab, LibDem).
  2. Which former Shipley MP was Chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee, and oversaw Conservative selections at the 1972 election?
  3. Bob, Anne and John are part of which political family associated with Keighley?
  4. George Galloway had a very public spat with the MD of an independent Bradford business during the 2015 election; which business? (Yes, we really asked that; no, not everyone got it)
  5. Where in Bradford can you find a mural celebrating the foundation of the Independent Labour Party in 1893?
  6. In May 2011, Bradford appointed the country’s first female what?

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses guests at The Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University where he launched the conservatives "big society" drive on July 19, 2010 in Liverpool, England. The idea of the big society was part of the conservatives general election campaign and aims to put power back into the hands of the public running community and voluntary services.

Round 2 – Political Leaders

  1. Which Liberal Party leader usurped Tony Abbott to become Australia’s prime minister earlier this year?
  2. Who was the first female MP in the UK?
  3. Who was the longest serving non-royal leader of a nation (since 1900)?
  4. Who was the first female head of mainly Muslim country?
  5. Which former army officer became known as the father of the modern Turkish secular state?
  6. Which country had the world’s openly gay head of state?

blog cameron salmondRound 3 -Religion and Politics

  1. Which two nations still reserve places in their parliaments for unelected religious clerics?
  2. How many Lords Spiritual (CofE bishops) are there in the House of Lords?
  3. Which 19th century MP was instrumental in allowing MPs to affirm rather than swear a religious oath when taking their seat?
  4. Which political adviser famously said, “We don’t do God”?
  5. Saudi Arabia bases its legal system on the Islamic Sharia code; which other nations officially use Sharia as part of their legal systems? (Up to 10)
  6. As well as being Head of State, HM the Queen also has some titles relating to her position within the church: what are they?

blog - confusedRound 3 -Who Said That?

  1. “We just thought people in Yorkshire hated everyone else, we didn’t think they hated each other so much”
  2. “If you want something said, ask a man…if you want something done, ask a woman.”
  3. “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party”
  4. “My head spins. One moment I’m told I’m too edgy, then people say I’m too angry, then that I show too much passion… make your minds up”
  5. “I’ve met serial killers and assassins but nobody scared me as much as Mrs Thatcher.”
  6. “I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman”

blog cleggRound 4 – Who’s in the Spotlight? In this round, the task is to identify the Yorkshire based MP (past or present) finding themselves in media headlines. We’ll give you the headline, the source and the date. (The date is of the news report, not necessarily of the event)

  1. “’Politically correct’ Romeo and Julian play sparks anger”
  2. “-BLANK- has a punchable face, says attacker” – The Scotsman – 27th October 2015
  3. “Nick Clegg calls Lib Dem MP Paris attack tweet ‘stupid’” – BBC News – 15th Jan 2015
  4. “-BLANK- wins Orwell political writing prize for memoir This Boy” – The Guardian – 21st May 2014
  5. “MP accused of ‘xenophobia after complaining that Polish cannot make decent bacon sandwich” – The Telegraph – 25th Apr 2012
  6. “-BLANK- punches protester – BBC News – 16th May 2001

We really hope you enjoyed that, and that you enjoyed all the Politics in the Pub events you came to in 2015.

You can download the answers here – BDPiP – Quiz Answers – and please let us know how you did by leaving a comment in the box below.

From everyone at Politics in the Pub, have a wonderful Christmas, a great new year, and we’d love to see you again in 2016.

New Event: When Politics and Science Collide

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Should all policy be based on sound science? Should politicians have to demonstrate the scientific understanding? Why don’t politicians just do what scientists tell them to?

Join us to debate the role of science in politics – get your free ticket here.

Tuesday 15th September


Bradford Brewery


Politics in the Pub is delighted that Bradford has once again been chosen to host the British Science Festival – and even more so to be asked to host this Festival Fringe event.

Who better to have on the panel than The University of Bradford’s Head of Pharmacy & Professor of Pharmacology, Marcus Rattray? Marcus’ career has included time in Baltimore, London and, as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, Australia, America and Singapore researching the treatment of drug users.

Celebrating Bradford’s science and politics is one of the district’s most senior & most outspoken politicians, Simon Cooke, councilor for Bingley Rural and leader of the Conservative group. If you’ve read The View from Cullingworth or follow him on Twitter, you’ll know that he is never afraid to share his opinion… and that his opinions are always thoughtful, reasoned and well researched. But are they scientifically provable?

Get your free ticket here and join us in the British Science Festival Fringe at Bradford Brewery on 15th September.


Politics in the Pub on BCB

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obama-drinking-guiness-thumbs-up-e1359564382968We really hope you enjoyed our first Politics in the Pub event – What’s the Point in Voting?. We certainly enjoyed putting it on – and we’re already looking forward to the next events.

bcbIn the mean time, take a listen to what Jay Unger of Bradford Community Broadcasting thought of the night – with plenty of interviews from the night… maybe you were interviewed.

Here’s what people said about our first Politics in the Pub event:

It went really well and thank you for asking me – it was relaxed, good humoured and I felt everybody who wanted to say something had the chance to do so – well done! – Cllr Debbie Davies

Thought the event was excellent… Keep up the good work. – Cllr Simon Cooke

Friendly, welcoming and humorous atmosphere. – Feedback via Polldaddy

Open debate, opinions were given fair hearing. – Feedback via Polldaddy

It was in a pub! Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly and welcoming. – Feedback via Polldaddy

Keep it going! It was great for a first event, will definitely come again. – Feedback via Polldaddy

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