Chance to win tick­ets for sold out events

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - COM­PE­TI­TION

HE’S one of Bri­tain’s most re­spected po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ists and a much-loved son of Mac­cles­field.

So when it was an­nounced that Nick Robin­son would be ap­pear­ing at two Barn­aby festival events, tick­ets sold out quickly.

But worry not, the Ex­press this week gives you the chance to at­tend th­ese fan­tas­tic de­bates for free.

We have two pairs of tick­ets to give away for both the Space for De­bate with Nick Robin­son event at the King Ed­ward Street Chapel on Fri­day, June 17 and the In Con­ver­sa­tion’ event at St Michael’s Church the fol­low­ing day when he will tackle the big is­sues with left-wing columnist Owen Jones.

It is the first time that Robin­son and Jones will take to the stage to­gether in what prom­ises to be a witty and in­sight­ful dis­cus­sion about in­flu­ences, im­par­tial­ity and po­lit­i­cal life – fol­lowed by a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

Mac­cles­field-born Robin­son was po­lit­i­cal edi­tor of both ITV and the BBC and is now a pre­sen­ter of BBC Ra­dio 4’s flag­ship news pro­gramme To­day.

He was a founder mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Young Con­ser­va­tives and went on to chair the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion be­fore be­com­ing a jour­nal­ist.

Owen Jones, who grew up in the neigh­bour­ing bor­ough of Stock­port and de­scribes him­self as a ‘fourth gen­er­a­tion so­cial­ist’ whose par­ents were mem­bers of the Mil­i­tant Ten­dency.

He is a columnist for the Guardian, au­thor of Chavs: The De­mon­i­sa­tion of the Work­ing Class and ap­pears reg­u­larly on BBC’s News­night and Ques­tion Time.

Nick Robin­son has a deep per­sonal con­nec­tion to BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme which he joined ear­lier this year.

He fol­lows in the foot­steps of his men­tor, the late Brian Red­head, renowned for his reg­u­lar on-air cham­pi­oning of Mac­cles­field. They be­came close af­ter Robin­son sur­vived a car ac­ci­dent in which two of his friends, in­clud­ing Red­head’s son Will, died.

The au­di­ence at this event at St Michael’s Church, Mac­cles­field can ex­pect feisty jour­nal­is­tic de­bate.

There is mu­tual re­spect, but in 2014 Jones dis­missed the Govern­ment claim of ‘leftwing bias’ at the BBC and ac­cused it of be­ing ‘stacked full of right wingers’. Last year, Robin­son – no stranger to con­tro­versy over his re­port­ing – ex­pressed con­cern about the tone of some BBC cov­er­age of Jeremy Cor­byn’s elec­tion to Labour Party leader.

At the Space event, Robin­son will ex­plore the con­tem­po­rary de­bate around free speech. Nick Robin­son ar­gues that the con­cept of a ‘safe space’ – cre­at­ing a pro­tec­tive co­coon to avoid caus­ing of­fence – is it­self a threat to open and in­tel­lec­tual de­bate. Fol­lowed by a short ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. ●● TO en­ter sim­ply an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

Which group was Nick Robin­son a founder mem­ber of?

a. Mac­cles­field Mil­i­tant Ten­dency

b. Mac­cles­field Young Con­ser­va­tives c. Mac­cles­field Mon­ster Rav­ing Looney Party

We have two pairs of tick­ets for the Space event and two pairs of tick­ets for the In Con­ver­sa­tion event to give away.

Send you en­tries to win tick­ets for the Space event to: Space for De­bate with Nick Robin­son, Mac­cles­field Ex­press, Mitchell Henry House, Chad­der­ton OL9 8EF.

En­tries for the other com­pe­ti­tion should be sent to: In Con­ver­sa­tion with Nick Robin­son, Mac­cles­field Ex­press, Mitchell Henry House, Chad­der­ton OL98EF. All en­tries must be re­ceived by June 13 and must in­clude your name ad­dress and a day­time tele­phone num­ber.

Win­ners will be con­tacted be­fore June 15.

Stan­dard terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. Visit http://www.mac­cles­field- ex­press. co. uk/ rules/ for more details

●● Space For De­bate and ‘In Con­ver­sa­tion’ with Nick Robin­son are both sold out, in­set, Owen Jones

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