VIDEO: Cabinet meeting held in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with Bradford Bulls chairman Peter Hood at Odsal Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with Bradford Bulls chairman Peter Hood at Odsal

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister David Cameron, Bradford Bulls Chairman Peter Hood and Foreign Secretary William Hague arrive for the Cabinet meeting

Looking relaxed and smiling, Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg arrived in Bradford for the coalition government's first meeting outside of London.

The pair arrived at around 11.30am at the Grattan Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls in Odsal, accompanied by the other MPs who make up the Tory-Liberal Democrat government.

Security was high at the site of the meeting, which was shrouded in secrecy prior to the arrival of the Government this morning.

Mr Cameron carried a brown file with the day's agenda in it while Mr Clegg favoured a red one.

Mr Cameron and his cabinet will later tour the region, which was chosen to host this historic first cabinet meeting because of its industrial heartlands.

Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, a former Bradford Council leader, said too much wealth and prosperity has been focused on the south and other parts of the country have been neglected and left behind.

For every private sector job created in the North and Midlands, ten were created in the South, he said.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, Mr Pickles said: “Today I am attending the Coalition Cabinet’s first meeting outside London to discuss how we can reopen Britain for business. "As a home town lad and former councillor in Bradford I know its local jobs that matter most. Every corner of Britain is just as important as London and the South East.”

The cabinet will discuss ways of using local knowledge to develop local enterprise, support local business and promote prosperity.

Mr Pickles said: “That’s a far more effective and sustainable way of promoting national economic growth than by Government prescription.”

He added: “This focus on private enterprise will particularly help places that have been dependent on the public sector for too long. Bradford needs that new approach now. The numbers claiming job seekers allowance in the area has gone up by almost two per cent since 2008 and it employs a higher percentage of public sector workers than Yorkshire or England.

“That is why things like super-fast broadband for Low Moor are so important for Bradford jobs and Bradford’s economy.”

Abolishing Yorkshire Forward will also spell an end to quangos ‘second-guessing’ the needs of local businesses, instead allowing a new partnership of leaders and business to work together to create a more flexible economic development that works for Bradford, Mr Pickles said.

The Cabinet will also unveil a regional growth fund to finance projects as part of a move intended to rebalance the economy and support regions like Bradford.

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8:23am Tue 29 Jun 10

holden caulfield says...

would this be the same bunch of Politicians who criticised the Labour Govt for wasting money by holding Cabinet meetings in places like Leeds?
would this be the same bunch of Politicians who criticised the Labour Govt for wasting money by holding Cabinet meetings in places like Leeds? holden caulfield
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8:37am Tue 29 Jun 10

tyker says...

why all this cost in moving politicians (and security):crazy when costs are being cut to the bone.
why all this cost in moving politicians (and security):crazy when costs are being cut to the bone. tyker
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9:15am Tue 29 Jun 10

Ralphie says...

I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford!
I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford! Ralphie
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9:15am Tue 29 Jun 10

Joedavid says...

"Tour the Region"
Tour Westfield and the Odeon etc. I say.
"Tour the Region" Tour Westfield and the Odeon etc. I say. Joedavid
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9:29am Tue 29 Jun 10

mad matt says...

I had hoped they would be taken on a tour of some of the inner city areas, but I guess that would be too dangerous! (for the local population)
I had hoped they would be taken on a tour of some of the inner city areas, but I guess that would be too dangerous! (for the local population) mad matt
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9:48am Tue 29 Jun 10

TirNaNog says...

This better not be a repeat of the 'maiden speech' lie.
Dave and Co - having a stroll around Saltaire is not visiting Bradford! Have a look at the City Centre,the hole,the Odeon etc. Also tell Westfield they can't lay another brick in the UK until they get the Bradford Development started.
This better not be a repeat of the 'maiden speech' lie. Dave and Co - having a stroll around Saltaire is not visiting Bradford! Have a look at the City Centre,the hole,the Odeon etc. Also tell Westfield they can't lay another brick in the UK until they get the Bradford Development started. TirNaNog
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9:55am Tue 29 Jun 10

Moon on a stick says...

The meeting would have been more valuable held in the centre at least then seeing a city hall with closed and boarded up businesses surrounding it would go some way to explain why it's no longer a Conversative council in control.
The meeting would have been more valuable held in the centre at least then seeing a city hall with closed and boarded up businesses surrounding it would go some way to explain why it's no longer a Conversative council in control. Moon on a stick
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9:56am Tue 29 Jun 10

Joedavid says...

TirNaNog wrote:
This better not be a repeat of the 'maiden speech' lie. Dave and Co - having a stroll around Saltaire is not visiting Bradford! Have a look at the City Centre,the hole,the Odeon etc. Also tell Westfield they can't lay another brick in the UK until they get the Bradford Development started.
".... untill they get the Bradford Development finished"
Would read better.
[quote][p][bold]TirNaNog[/bold] wrote: This better not be a repeat of the 'maiden speech' lie. Dave and Co - having a stroll around Saltaire is not visiting Bradford! Have a look at the City Centre,the hole,the Odeon etc. Also tell Westfield they can't lay another brick in the UK until they get the Bradford Development started.[/p][/quote]".... untill they get the Bradford Development finished" Would read better. Joedavid
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10:25am Tue 29 Jun 10

Mekon says...

I think they are planning to move something up here...remember that series "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" with Jane Horrocks.

Being in the middle of the country Bradford is a perfect spot!
I think they are planning to move something up here...remember that series "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" with Jane Horrocks. Being in the middle of the country Bradford is a perfect spot! Mekon
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10:47am Tue 29 Jun 10

spleen ventor says...

Ralphie wrote:
I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford!
I was going to say any pub tap room would do....(there's usually more sense spoken there)...but they've all been boarded up!
[quote][p][bold]Ralphie[/bold] wrote: I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford![/p][/quote]I was going to say any pub tap room would do....(there's usually more sense spoken there)...but they've all been boarded up! spleen ventor
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11:49am Tue 29 Jun 10

Moon on a stick says...

spleen ventor wrote:
Ralphie wrote: I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford!
I was going to say any pub tap room would do....(there's usually more sense spoken there)...but they've all been boarded up!
Hasn't the Commercial closed too? When the Boy and Barrel goes then we'll know Bradford has hit rock bottom.
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ralphie[/bold] wrote: I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford![/p][/quote]I was going to say any pub tap room would do....(there's usually more sense spoken there)...but they've all been boarded up![/p][/quote]Hasn't the Commercial closed too? When the Boy and Barrel goes then we'll know Bradford has hit rock bottom. Moon on a stick
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12:19pm Tue 29 Jun 10

thecitygent says...

I'd like to think that the important mob will commute into Bradford, park in a city centre car park and wander round the city centre to get that unique Bradford experience and then get even more when their cars get nicked. Has the YBS building on Westgate been re-opened to stage the event?
I'd like to think that the important mob will commute into Bradford, park in a city centre car park and wander round the city centre to get that unique Bradford experience and then get even more when their cars get nicked. Has the YBS building on Westgate been re-opened to stage the event? thecitygent
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12:45pm Tue 29 Jun 10

holden caulfield says...

hold the presses, the T&A has a scoop! Cameron has a brown file and Clegg has a red one. What can it all mean?
hold the presses, the T&A has a scoop! Cameron has a brown file and Clegg has a red one. What can it all mean? holden caulfield
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12:46pm Tue 29 Jun 10

BCFC1234 says...

If they had not come to Bradford they would have been critisised.And guess what,they have come to Bradford and are still critisised by the doom and gloom merchants that help make our City the City it is.
If they had not come to Bradford they would have been critisised.And guess what,they have come to Bradford and are still critisised by the doom and gloom merchants that help make our City the City it is. BCFC1234
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1:01pm Tue 29 Jun 10

holden caulfield says...

Wibsey, you're reading too much into the comments. People have every right to be critical of the havoc that has been wreaked on Bradford in the past ten years. A Local Authority who stood by and let the disgrace that is Westfield take place, that foisted on us an unwanted 'park in the heart' wasting the revenues from the sale of our share of the airport. A Council that failed to deal with Yorkshire Backward and the silly plans to demolish the Odeon. A Council that has consistently swallowed any 'pie in the sky' 'solutions' that overpaid Consultants have come up with.

What we'd like now is for this Cabinet to walk around the City Center and see the awful state it's in.
Wibsey, you're reading too much into the comments. People have every right to be critical of the havoc that has been wreaked on Bradford in the past ten years. A Local Authority who stood by and let the disgrace that is Westfield take place, that foisted on us an unwanted 'park in the heart' wasting the revenues from the sale of our share of the airport. A Council that failed to deal with Yorkshire Backward and the silly plans to demolish the Odeon. A Council that has consistently swallowed any 'pie in the sky' 'solutions' that overpaid Consultants have come up with. What we'd like now is for this Cabinet to walk around the City Center and see the awful state it's in. holden caulfield
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1:20pm Tue 29 Jun 10

Joedavid says...

holden caulfield wrote:
Wibsey, you're reading too much into the comments. People have every right to be critical of the havoc that has been wreaked on Bradford in the past ten years. A Local Authority who stood by and let the disgrace that is Westfield take place, that foisted on us an unwanted 'park in the heart' wasting the revenues from the sale of our share of the airport. A Council that failed to deal with Yorkshire Backward and the silly plans to demolish the Odeon. A Council that has consistently swallowed any 'pie in the sky' 'solutions' that overpaid Consultants have come up with. What we'd like now is for this Cabinet to walk around the City Center and see the awful state it's in.
Well said.
*
T&A please report if any of the Cabinet came in or through the City Center and saw it as it is.
[quote][p][bold]holden caulfield[/bold] wrote: Wibsey, you're reading too much into the comments. People have every right to be critical of the havoc that has been wreaked on Bradford in the past ten years. A Local Authority who stood by and let the disgrace that is Westfield take place, that foisted on us an unwanted 'park in the heart' wasting the revenues from the sale of our share of the airport. A Council that failed to deal with Yorkshire Backward and the silly plans to demolish the Odeon. A Council that has consistently swallowed any 'pie in the sky' 'solutions' that overpaid Consultants have come up with. What we'd like now is for this Cabinet to walk around the City Center and see the awful state it's in.[/p][/quote]Well said. * T&A please report if any of the Cabinet came in or through the City Center and saw it as it is. Joedavid
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1:28pm Tue 29 Jun 10

danthemanyorks says...

That's twice Cameron's done the Bradford thing already since taking office. Might see if he wants to come round for a cuppa the next time he's here. It's all about turning Bradford Blue!
That's twice Cameron's done the Bradford thing already since taking office. Might see if he wants to come round for a cuppa the next time he's here. It's all about turning Bradford Blue! danthemanyorks
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1:45pm Tue 29 Jun 10

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

BCFC1234 wrote:
If they had not come to Bradford they would have been critisised.And guess what,they have come to Bradford and are still critisised by the doom and gloom merchants that help make our City the City it is.
Well said. God knows we do have a lot to moan about in this City but cynical, sarcastic comments about every single news story, good or bad isn't going to help
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1234[/bold] wrote: If they had not come to Bradford they would have been critisised.And guess what,they have come to Bradford and are still critisised by the doom and gloom merchants that help make our City the City it is.[/p][/quote]Well said. God knows we do have a lot to moan about in this City but cynical, sarcastic comments about every single news story, good or bad isn't going to help moanmoanwhingewhinge
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3:14pm Tue 29 Jun 10

Errol Stock says...

To all posters so far - "Google" Eric Pickles and sift through the hits to view the damage he caused to Bradford during the few years of his term in power - circa 1987 - 1990.

Typical politician...
To all posters so far - "Google" Eric Pickles and sift through the hits to view the damage he caused to Bradford during the few years of his term in power - circa 1987 - 1990. Typical politician... Errol Stock
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3:25pm Tue 29 Jun 10

spleen ventor says...

How did Peter Hood manage to get his slimey ar$e in there...............
.....
Is he after more public handouts to finance his fantasy OSV?
How did Peter Hood manage to get his slimey ar$e in there............... ..... Is he after more public handouts to finance his fantasy OSV? spleen ventor
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5:45pm Tue 29 Jun 10

thecitygent says...

spleen ventor wrote:
How did Peter Hood manage to get his slimey ar$e in there............... ..... Is he after more public handouts to finance his fantasy OSV?
I hope that Cameron explained to the Bulls board that an age of austerity means no money for big black holes in the ground.
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: How did Peter Hood manage to get his slimey ar$e in there............... ..... Is he after more public handouts to finance his fantasy OSV?[/p][/quote]I hope that Cameron explained to the Bulls board that an age of austerity means no money for big black holes in the ground. thecitygent
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6:21pm Tue 29 Jun 10

KirkYorks says...

Ralphie wrote:
I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford!
...throbbing metropLOLis indeed
well said, what a LOLis its become.
[quote][p][bold]Ralphie[/bold] wrote: I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford![/p][/quote]...throbbing metropLOLis indeed well said, what a LOLis its become. KirkYorks
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6:31pm Tue 29 Jun 10

KirkYorks says...

KirkYorks wrote:
Ralphie wrote:
I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford!
...throbbing metropLOLis indeed
well said, what a LOLis its become.
LOL - big hole in the middle
[quote][p][bold]KirkYorks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ralphie[/bold] wrote: I'm amazed that they could find a suitable room at short notice in the throbbing metroplolis that is Bradford![/p][/quote]...throbbing metropLOLis indeed well said, what a LOLis its become.[/p][/quote]LOL - big hole in the middle KirkYorks
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7:26pm Tue 29 Jun 10

guggsy says...

Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc
illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program. guggsy
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7:57pm Tue 29 Jun 10

webess says...

guggsy wrote:
Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time.
.
Why didn't she stand for the council?
[quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council? webess
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10:13pm Tue 29 Jun 10

RachP4 says...

How much has this trip north cost ?

Will this trip be paid for by the cost of my front line education job that benefits 500 kids plus every year in basic numeracy & literacy skills, at a £17.000 cost ??

But I'm sure Cameron would be happier that I'm signing on , claiming a pittance off the state ... after 30 years of solid employment ..but hey i'm a public servant , forget the workshy and the lazy ,I'm apublic servant the lowest of the low.......
How much has this trip north cost ? Will this trip be paid for by the cost of my front line education job that benefits 500 kids plus every year in basic numeracy & literacy skills, at a £17.000 cost ?? But I'm sure Cameron would be happier that I'm signing on , claiming a pittance off the state ... after 30 years of solid employment ..but hey i'm a public servant , forget the workshy and the lazy ,I'm apublic servant the lowest of the low....... RachP4
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10:17pm Tue 29 Jun 10

holden caulfield says...

guggsy wrote:
Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc

illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Yes, Emma articulated the feelings of many Bradfordians.


And did any of the Cabinet actually make it into the City centre to see the desolation for themselves. I doubt we'll find the answer in the T&A.
[quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Yes, Emma articulated the feelings of many Bradfordians. And did any of the Cabinet actually make it into the City centre to see the desolation for themselves. I doubt we'll find the answer in the T&A. holden caulfield
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10:23pm Tue 29 Jun 10

bigo93 says...

How about the South find "ways of using local knowledge to develop local enterprise, support local business and promote prosperity", and give all those international corporations incentives to set up shop up here!?

What they have basically done is used the phrase "a wife's place is in the kitchen", it's about time our government looks over the M25!
How about the South find "ways of using local knowledge to develop local enterprise, support local business and promote prosperity", and give all those international corporations incentives to set up shop up here!? What they have basically done is used the phrase "a wife's place is in the kitchen", it's about time our government looks over the M25! bigo93
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11:24pm Tue 29 Jun 10

basil fawlty says...

I would have thought that the council would have facilitated a venue in the city centre so that they could see the massive hole and maybe realise that places like Bradford have been forgotten and neglected over the last 20 years. But instead the corrup and cozy relationship between the Council and the Bulls has seen them land at Odsal. Another missed opportunity.
I would have thought that the council would have facilitated a venue in the city centre so that they could see the massive hole and maybe realise that places like Bradford have been forgotten and neglected over the last 20 years. But instead the corrup and cozy relationship between the Council and the Bulls has seen them land at Odsal. Another missed opportunity. basil fawlty
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9:17am Wed 30 Jun 10

Billcliff says...

I thought Emma spoke a lot of sense and must also be "thick". Bradford has been badly let down by politicians and their publicity seeking stunts. One easy solution to cities like Bradfords problems would be to move more of the capital city functions out from London to the regions on a permanent basis. London has enough positive factors to attract private investment.
I thought Emma spoke a lot of sense and must also be "thick". Bradford has been badly let down by politicians and their publicity seeking stunts. One easy solution to cities like Bradfords problems would be to move more of the capital city functions out from London to the regions on a permanent basis. London has enough positive factors to attract private investment. Billcliff
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12:07pm Wed 30 Jun 10

Mekon says...

How pathetic you are webass.

She has put hours / days / weeks into trying to help Bradford dying situation out.

What have you done apart from 'wine' from your keyboard?

If she has got a mate in the media, so what, at least she is doing all she can to raise the issue publicly and address the issues with our PM.
How pathetic you are webass. She has put hours / days / weeks into trying to help Bradford dying situation out. What have you done apart from 'wine' from your keyboard? If she has got a mate in the media, so what, at least she is doing all she can to raise the issue publicly and address the issues with our PM. Mekon
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1:15pm Wed 30 Jun 10

webess says...

Mekon wrote:
How pathetic you are webass. She has put hours / days / weeks into trying to help Bradford dying situation out. What have you done apart from 'wine' from your keyboard? If she has got a mate in the media, so what, at least she is doing all she can to raise the issue publicly and address the issues with our PM.
She's a labour party activist who changed her surname after being rumbled. She's definately not the "member of the public" she pretends to be.
.
Seems to have fooled many folk, but this should have been mentioned on her many media appearances.
[quote][p][bold]Mekon[/bold] wrote: How pathetic you are webass. She has put hours / days / weeks into trying to help Bradford dying situation out. What have you done apart from 'wine' from your keyboard? If she has got a mate in the media, so what, at least she is doing all she can to raise the issue publicly and address the issues with our PM.[/p][/quote]She's a labour party activist who changed her surname after being rumbled. She's definately not the "member of the public" she pretends to be. . Seems to have fooled many folk, but this should have been mentioned on her many media appearances. webess
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4:46pm Wed 30 Jun 10

emma72 says...

webess wrote:
guggsy wrote:
Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time.
.
Why didn't she stand for the council?
Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party.

No friends in the media.


Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half.

I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised.

If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with

I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name.

By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist

Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?[/p][/quote]Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant emma72
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9:55pm Wed 30 Jun 10

webess says...

emma72 wrote:
webess wrote:
guggsy wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?
Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant
OK fair enough, I'll take back what I said and who knows might even vote for you as an independant.
[quote][p][bold]emma72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?[/p][/quote]Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant[/p][/quote]OK fair enough, I'll take back what I said and who knows might even vote for you as an independant. webess
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9:58pm Wed 30 Jun 10

greencarpet says...

If the council wants to make the city centre and other parts of the district more lively and reduce the number of ugly closed-down shops, how about avoiding grandiose spectacles, mirror puddles etc and thereby reducing business rates? Surely it is better to let existing local small businesses survive - the rates can be crippling - than to go on about "attracting inward investment from big names", "putting Bradford on the map" etc etc.
If the council wants to make the city centre and other parts of the district more lively and reduce the number of ugly closed-down shops, how about avoiding grandiose spectacles, mirror puddles etc and thereby reducing business rates? Surely it is better to let existing local small businesses survive - the rates can be crippling - than to go on about "attracting inward investment from big names", "putting Bradford on the map" etc etc. greencarpet
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10:32pm Wed 30 Jun 10

TirNaNog says...

webess wrote:
emma72 wrote:
webess wrote:
guggsy wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?
Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant
OK fair enough, I'll take back what I said and who knows might even vote for you as an independant.
So you should! Why should anyone believe anything you spout now you've been shown to be a liar? The word you're looking for is 'Sorry!'
Well done Emma on taking the councils and Governments to task over the wanton destruction of Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emma72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?[/p][/quote]Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant[/p][/quote]OK fair enough, I'll take back what I said and who knows might even vote for you as an independant.[/p][/quote]So you should! Why should anyone believe anything you spout now you've been shown to be a liar? The word you're looking for is 'Sorry!' Well done Emma on taking the councils and Governments to task over the wanton destruction of Bradford. TirNaNog
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11:01pm Wed 30 Jun 10

basil fawlty says...

greencarpet wrote:
If the council wants to make the city centre and other parts of the district more lively and reduce the number of ugly closed-down shops, how about avoiding grandiose spectacles, mirror puddles etc and thereby reducing business rates? Surely it is better to let existing local small businesses survive - the rates can be crippling - than to go on about "attracting inward investment from big names", "putting Bradford on the map" etc etc.
Some people say that the city is a dump, and then when the council do something positive i.e. build the city park, then they still complain. The whole project is being jointly funded by Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward and the Regional Transport Board, so the Bradford ratepayer is getting good value. The park will be fantastic and something at last for Bradfordians to be proud of. And it should help to give Westfield the confidence to get started.
[quote][p][bold]greencarpet[/bold] wrote: If the council wants to make the city centre and other parts of the district more lively and reduce the number of ugly closed-down shops, how about avoiding grandiose spectacles, mirror puddles etc and thereby reducing business rates? Surely it is better to let existing local small businesses survive - the rates can be crippling - than to go on about "attracting inward investment from big names", "putting Bradford on the map" etc etc.[/p][/quote]Some people say that the city is a dump, and then when the council do something positive i.e. build the city park, then they still complain. The whole project is being jointly funded by Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward and the Regional Transport Board, so the Bradford ratepayer is getting good value. The park will be fantastic and something at last for Bradfordians to be proud of. And it should help to give Westfield the confidence to get started. basil fawlty
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1:30pm Mon 5 Jul 10

Patrick Bateman says...

emma72 wrote:
webess wrote:
guggsy wrote:
Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.
Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time.
.
Why didn't she stand for the council?
Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party.

No friends in the media.


Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half.

I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised.

If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with

I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name.

By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist

Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant
Hello Emma. I heard you on the radio and saw you on TV and I thought you spoke elequently and passionately to Cameron and Victoria Derbyshire. I for one would like to thank you for your tireless campaign in raising the issue of the (truly lamentable) state of the city. I'm not sure I would have spoken with such self-assurance when faced with people who hold press conferences and debate on a daily basis. I sincerely hope you do decide to stand for election: you'd get my vote!
[quote][p][bold]emma72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guggsy[/bold] wrote: Do yourselves a favour and listen online to radio 5 lives Victoria Derbyshires from this morning and you will hear an interview with Emma Heal who was the lady who gave David Cameron an ear bashing leading up to the election.This woman talks more sense regarding the demise of bradford than any representative/counc illor/local rag,its about 5omins into her program.[/p][/quote]Just shows how thick some people are if they're impressed by Emma Heal. I've heard hear whine on Look North, but not heard a single practical idea from her. She's obviously got a mate in the media who can get her TV time. . Why didn't she stand for the council?[/p][/quote]Nope! categorically not a labour party activist - NOT even a member of the labour party. No friends in the media. Just been plugging away sending emails for the last year and a half. I have spoken out about the inactivity of the current labour group to lambast the ruling power at the council when they were in opposition. I have written emails to members of the shadow cabinet when the labour party were in power. I've given all the parties the opportunity to do something and get the upper hand. I've not got a political agenda on this, I'm just trying to get the people of Bradford the city they were promised. If you're looking for practical ideas can I suggest you look at my pull your finger out facebook group, where group members make suggestions fro the regeneration of the city (even you if you joined), OR the common sense regeneration booklet produced by the civic society that I was involved with I got married and I'm pretty sure my husband would be annoyed at the suggestion that I got married just so I could change my name. By the way, I believe Eric Pickles Grandfather was a founder member of the Independant labour party- if he's related does that make him an activist Standing for council there's an idea - certainly many people have suggested this (from all parties). maybe I should - but perhaps as an independant[/p][/quote]Hello Emma. I heard you on the radio and saw you on TV and I thought you spoke elequently and passionately to Cameron and Victoria Derbyshire. I for one would like to thank you for your tireless campaign in raising the issue of the (truly lamentable) state of the city. I'm not sure I would have spoken with such self-assurance when faced with people who hold press conferences and debate on a daily basis. I sincerely hope you do decide to stand for election: you'd get my vote! Patrick Bateman
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