Migration and citizenship: evidence from two referendums
The Real X Factor: Voting past, present and future
Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service
Thursday, 12 November 2015 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)
Venue: University of Huddersfield, West Building, 1/62.
In May 2015 millions of people around the country voted in a General Election. This autumn millions of votes will be cast from computers and phones around the UK for reality TV shows. Cinema goers will also see Suffragette, which tells a story of the women who demanded the right to vote.
Once voting was something that had to be fought and died for – now it is an element of everyday life.
This event will consider how we vote, if this may change, and what such changes will mean for us
Join colleagues from Parliament and academia for an interactive event on voting – past present and future.
The event will offer a mix of informative talks and audience led discussion
- David Evans, Curator at Pontefract and Castleford Museum – on the Pontefract Secret ballot, the first ever time a secret ballot was used in the UK
- David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons – on voting in Parliament
- Dr Andrew Mycock, Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield – on the future of voting
Representatives from Kirklees Council and Kirklees Youth Council will also participate in the event. Each speaker will each give a unique insight into voting and then pose a question for attendees to discuss.
This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service and Departments of Politics and History at the University of Huddersfield
Please register for the Event using the Eventbrite link here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-real-x-factor-voting-past-present-and-future-tickets-19182823341?aff=es2
Decentralisation and the future of Yorkshire
February 13th 2015
The University of Huddersfield
We would like to invite you to attend a one-day symposium on regional devolution and the future of Yorkshire at the University of Huddersfield sponsored by the Political Studies Association. The event will coincide with the launch of the report on regional devolution by an All-Party Parliamentary Grouping (APPG) of MPs drawn from across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. The day will bring together politicians, business leaders, representatives of regionalist parties, academics and local organisations to discuss the prospects for decentralisation measures in Yorkshire. The symposium will include panels on regional devolution in Yorkshire; the political economy of Yorkshire; and issues of politics and regional identity in Yorkshire, looking also at previous experiences in England and across Europe. Ed Cox (Director, IPPR North) will deliver a keynote speech, and the day will finish with a roundtable discussion on the future of devolution and decentralisation in Yorkshire. In this way, the event will act as a forum for a critical and incisive debate about an increasingly salient issue in UK governance – providing a roadmap for future decentralisation strategies, and for developing a voice for Yorkshire in a new era of regional politics.
This symposium has been organised by the PSA’s Britishness Specialist Group, and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Huddersfield), with the support of organisations such as CBI Yorkshire and Humber, the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, Unlock Democracy and Local Government Yorkshire Humber. The event will take place in the Quayside facility which is behind the Central Services Building at the University of Huddersfield.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Ed Cox (Institute of Public Policy Research North)
- Jason McCartney MP
- Barry Sheerman MP
- Andrew Percy MP
- Dr Eve Hepburn (University of Edinburgh)
- Dr Joanie Willett (University of Exeter) and Dr John Ault (University of Bristol)
- Len Tingle (BBC)
- John Huddleston (CBI)
- James H Newman (Chairman Sheffield City Region LEP)
- Paul Salveson (Yorkshire First)
- Harold Elletson (Campaign for the North)
- Vicky Seddon (Unlock Democray and Sheffield for Democracy)
- Cllr. Peter Box (Leader, Wakefield Council; Chair of LGYH and Leeds City Region Leader’s Board)
There is no charge for delegates but you will need to register on this page if you wish to attend.
University of Huddersfield February 2015
The fallout of the Scottish independence referendum has brought the question of the future governance of England to the fore of political debate. The Prime Minister announced that new powers for Scotland must be introduced alongside reforms in England. The divergence of approaches to the question of English governance from the main parties, and the increasing prominence of regional pressure groups in these debates, makes the subject of the event a particularly timely one. The need to provide a public forum where a better understanding of the arguments behind the various proposals, and a chance to critique and debate them, is essential if the public is to be able to make a more informed choice about the future governance of England at the next election.
This event will bring together academics, policy-makers, think-tanks and political representative. It will feature panels on themes of the politics of devolution and governance in England, and the prospects for developing regional political economies. More information will be available shortly.