Brexit Debate – Cancelled

In view of the very sad events in Birstall last week, we think it would be inappropriate to hold our Debacle or Debate event on Tuesday evening and so have decided to cancel it. We are sorry that it is at such short notice but we are sure you will understand our decision.

Instead, we will make a contribution to the Jo Cox Fund.

Depending on your views, the forthcoming EU Referendum is either the most important vote for a generation or a catastrophe about to happen – no matter what the outcome. At FDYL we believe that you can never have too much debate on a subject of such gravity. We have therefore arranged an opportunity for a select audience to question MPs and businesspeople on both sides of the argument. It’s an opportunity to challenge their assumptions, virtually on the eve of the poll itself. There will also be a before and after vote – which may be “the most important exit poll of the night”.
Join us from 5.30 at The Leeds Club on 21st June.

Lined up for a lively encounter are:

Philip Davies MP

Philip Davies was elected as Conservative MP for Shipley in 2005 with a majority of 422 and held the seat in 2010 and again in 2015 with a 50% share of the vote and a majority of 9,624. Following 9 years on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee between 2006-2015, Philip now sits on the Justice Select Committee. 
He was the first MP to publicly call for Britain to withdraw from the European Union and is a member of The Freedom Association’s ‘Better Off Out’ campaign. The Parliamentary Spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness, before being elected to Parliament he worked as a Senior Marketing Manager at Asda in Leeds. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Historical and Political Studies.

Andrew Cope

Andrew Cope is one of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs who led Zenith, the vehicle leasing business through five successful private equity buyouts between 2003 and 2014 during which time its turnover grew from £25m to £150m. After joining outsourced incident management group FMG as executive chairman in 2014, he led a management buyout of the business backed by private equity house Endless LLP, selling it less than a year later for £43m.

Rachel Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves is the Labour MP for Leeds West. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and gaining an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, she worked as an economist for the Bank of England and the British Embassy in Washington before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Leeds West at the May 2010 General Election. She served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2011 to 2013 and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2013 until 2015. When elected in 2010, she was the first female MP to represent a seat in Leeds since Alice Bacon, who served between 1945 and 1970. She was re-elected at the 2015 election with an increased majority. 

Julia Gash

Julia Gash is the founder of, and driving force behind BIDBI. Print is her passion. In 2007 she set up BIDBI as a green and ethical manufacturing company of tote bags, and has gone from strength-to-strength ever since. Outside of her work as head honcho, Julia has a passion for illustration, and designed some of our own Talented bag range. She also meditates in her spare time, and if she were an animal she would be a bunny (lively and inquisitive!)

For further information contact Jo Flynn.