Explaining the Facts, Exposing the Myths, Exploring the Options
Continuing a series of events in Lincolnshire, join us in Spalding, as we explore the options available to the country and how they will affect us all.
The aims of the evening are to hold a constructive conversation in public between Leavers, Remainers, agnostics, well-informed politicians and sectoral experts, with a view to explaining the facts, exposing the myths and exploring the options around Brexit. Indeed, it's specifically designed to allow people to learn more about Brexit and its potential implications for them, their families, the area where they live and the country as a whole, answering questions to which they've not received helpful answers previously.
With Ken Clarke MP
Ken Clarke, has been the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe since 1970. As the longest serving Member of Parliament, he is currently the Father of the House.
He has served in various British Cabinets as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Minister without Portfolio. He has been the President of the Tory Reform Group since 1997.
Clarke contested the Conservative Party leadership three times – in 1997, 2001 and 2005 – being defeated each time, he is also President of the Conservative Europe Group, Co-President of the pro-EU body British Influence and Vice-President of the European Movement UK, and now its President in the East Midlands.
Clarke was one of only five Ministers to serve throughout the whole 18 years of the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, which represents the longest uninterrupted Ministerial service in Britain since Lord Palmerston in the early 19th century. He returned to government in 2010 and his total time as a minister is the fifth-longest in the modern era; having spent over 20 years serving under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron.
and a panel including
Tom Brake MP
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Exiting the European Union
Tom Brake was born in Leicestershire and from the age of eight, lived with his family in France, attending the Lycee International. Upon returning to England, he attended Imperial College, London where he gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics.
Tom was actively involved in human rights issues as a student. In 1988 he became a Liberal Democrat Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney before moving to Carshalton in 1990. Tom was elected as a Sutton Councillor in 1994.
Tom Brake has been the MP for Carshalton and Wallington since 1997.
In June 2011, he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor and served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Government Whip in the Coalition Government.
From May 2015 to June 2017 he served as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Foreign Affairs Spokesman and was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State.
Deputy Leader, Green Party
Amelia Womack was elected as Green Party Deputy Leader in 2014 at the age of 29, while still a member of the Young Greens. Her three years as Green Party deputy leader have seen her work across the country, visiting hundreds of local campaigns, events and organisations. She works to raise awareness of local issues while campaigning for change on a national level.
Since she was elected she has used this platform to highlight problems affecting young people, from tuition fees to zero hour contracts.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology. She works across a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on women’s rights, flooding, climate change and community resilience.
Joint Founder of "Renew"
James Torrance is an accountant and London Business School MBA. He has worked in India, China and Northern Ireland and was a world champion in 2014 in competitive debating. He was the Kensington Stop Brexit Independent candidate in the last general election and his vote count was enough to ensure the Kensington Brexiter Conservative MP, Victoria Borwick, lost.
He is Head of Strategy and one of three Principals at Renew, the new political party established in 2017 that is seeking to transform British politics and create optimism and opportunity instead of decline and division.
John Hess has been a familiar broadcast voice and face in the Midlands. He was the BBC’s first political editor for the East Midlands and for 20 years, he reported from both Downing Street, Parliament and nearer to home, on the local political scene.
During his distinguished broadcasting career, he was nominated for three Royal Television Society awards and for two years running was a finalist in the Midlands Media Awards as TV journalist of the year. At the last count, he had interviewed eight Prime Ministers and two presidents.
He was a member of the Westminster-based parliamentary lobby of journalists and regularly brought his inside knowledge to the BBC’s News Channel, Radio 4’s Today programme and to viewers of both “East Midlands Today” and BBC1’s “Sunday Politics”.
He retired after 35 years with BBC news in 2015, yet returned to our TV screens as part of the BBC’s coverage of the EU Referendum campaign and the 2017 General Election. He now works part-time for BBC One’s “Sunday Politics”.
He is also an Honorary Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham, and runs a series of weekly political talks for 2nd year students studying UK politics.
John is now chair of the board of trustees for the East Midlands-based Music for Everyone charity, and is also a trustee of Inspire, the charity that runs the library, cultural and archive services in Nottinghamshire, on behalf of the county council.
A father of three grown children, John lives in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
Learn more about Brexit and its potential implications for you, your families, workplaces and the country
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