Thursday 12th November
Students’ Union Auditorium, University of Sheffield
This large-scale public event brings together several high-profile public figures to debate whether further powers should be devolved to Northern England and, if so, in what form. It is hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, in collaboration with the Sheffield Urban Institute, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences.
The United Kingdom is facing the prospect of radical constitutional change, in the wake of political cleavages developed as a result of the economic crisis. The North is at the epicentre of this potential transformation, although as yet has not received the same level of attention – from academics, practitioners and the general public – that has been afforded to the prospect of Scottish independence. At the same time, policy-makers have proceeded swiftly to propose new governance arrangement in parts of Northern England – most obviously the ‘metro mayor’ model in Greater Manchester. A public discussion of these potential changes, and alternative proposals, is urgently required.
David Davis MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden
Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change & Labour Member of Parliament for Wigan
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Ben Lucas, founding partner of Metro Dynamics & member of the RSA City Growth Commission
Dr Craig Berry, Deputy Director of SPERI
The event will be chaired by Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian
Register via eventbrite.