Shipley Feminist Zealots to host ‘hustings with a difference’
Shipley is once again in the spotlight this General Election, as a ‘marginal seat’. Five candidates are running this year, and all have been invited to attend two ‘Meet & Eat‘ events.
On Tuesday 3 December, Shipley residents can meet the candidates and ask the questions that matter to them, in a relaxed and informal setting. The sessions are designed to encourage conversations rather than arguments, by sitting round a table with one candidate at a time and sharing tea and cake.
These will take place at:
2.30pm to 4.30pm
Cottingley Community Centre
Littlelands, BD16 1AL
7pm to 9pm
Owlet Social Club
53 Greenfield Avenue, BD18 2HR
Both events are FREE to attend. Just click on the link to book your place and ensure there’s Cake for Everyone.
One of the organisers, Jude Wright, said:
“From its beginning, Shipley Feminist Zealots has been local women and men, coming together to ‘do politics differently’. As a non-partisan group, we are united in our opposition to Philip Davies, whose extreme views seem to be at odds even with the majority of his own party.
Mr Davies once said women zealots want their cake and eat it so we thought we would organise a civilised event with tea and cakes. When we ran the events in 2017, we had fantastic feedback from the people who came along, who felt much more comfortable speaking to candidates round a table.
We all volunteer our time and energy to unite and galvanize the people of Shipley to understand the voting record of our elected member, and ask – does he really represent my views? ”
The sitting Conservative MP Philip Davies is widely known for his filibustering, support of Donald Trump and one-man crusades against common-sense equalities legislation. In the last General Election, following on from a series of events organised by the Shipley Feminist Zealots, his majority was slashed from 9,624 in 2015 to 4,681 votes in 2017.
Shipley Feminist Zealots is a grassroots group of women and men, formed and based in Philip Davies’ constituency since August 2016. They organised the Shipley Women’s March – the largest in the UK outside of London. They have taken Philip Davies to task on a range of issues, from disability rights to his use of offensive language in correspondence with constituents. Previous actions include alternative hustings events, cake stalls, a public meeting with Philip Davies & an open letter supporting the Istanbul Convention.
The candidates attending are:
Philip Davies (Conservative Party) Celia Hickson (Green Party) [not 2.30pm]
Caroline Jones (Liberal Democrats) Darren Longhorn (Yorkshire Party) [not 2.30pm]
Jo Pike (Labour)