Hope’s Question Time

DebatePhotoDerrie Thickett hosts Hope’s Question Time, broadcast live from the Senate Room at Liverpool Hope University on Friday 28th February, featuring Luciana Berger MP, Angela Samata, Tony Mulhearn and Dr Joe Greener.

Topics ranged from student education and rising tuition fee costs, Britain’s role in the world, especially the EU referendum and Mental Health Provision as well as the NHS.

A live audience, guests and event management was arranged by Liverpool Hope Student’s Union. Vice-President for Community and Welfare, Ayo Akinrele, who organised the event, as part of the Students’ Union “Carnival of Ideas” concluded the broadcast: “Media is important part of modern communication and provides an avenue for many to express their views freely and whether we like these views or not, we must defend the right to freedom of expression. I am optimistic that today will be one of many conversations at forums such as these, and that more of the issues that greatly affect our lives can be explored.”

THIS Radio presenter Derrie Thickett, who took on the role of chair, said: “The debate was a wonderful opportunity for me to utilise the skills I have acquired while working with THIS radio. It was a great honour to host the panellists and was a valuable insight to the learning curve ahead of me.”

Dr. Joe Greener Lecturer in Social Policy
Dr Greener’s research interests is in developing critical perspectives in social policy and welfare. Recent publications have looked at abuse and neglect in the elderly care labour process, resistance to cuts in community mental health services and the exploitation of immigrant care workers. He is also involved in a Horizon 20/20 funded RE-InVEST project exploring the social damage of the crisis across Europe.  Outside of direct research activities he is also an active campaigner on social care issues.

Luciana Berger MP Labour Party, Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana is the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree, representing people in Kensington, Fairfield, Old Swan, Picton, Wavertree, Childwall, and Church wards. Luciana was first elected to Parliament in 2010, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and then Shadow Minister for Public Health, campaigning for the NHS. At the general election in 2015 Luciana was re-elected with almost 70 per cent of the total number of votes.In September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level.

Tony Mulhearn

Tony Mulhearn stood for Labour in Crosby in 1979 and was due to stand in Toxteth before boundary changes in 1981. Tony was elected onto Liverpool city council in 1984 and, in 1987, having been expelled from the Labour Party the previous year, was one of the 47 rebel councillors to be surcharged and suspended from holding public office for five years by the district auditor. In the 2012 Liverpool Mayor Election Tony stood as a TUSC candidate for Mayor of Liverpool He came fifth, ahead of the Conservative candidate. That year also saw Tony reach a milestone of 50 years as a campaigner, whether as a trade unionist, political activist, councillor or parliamentary candidate. 

Angela Samata Mental Health campaigner, and Documentary Maker

Angela Samata won Merseyside woman of the year 2015, after leading the Liverpool group of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) which helps over 7,000 people in 50 countries. She is connected to the university as an alumni, having graduated with an M.A. in Art Curating. Angela was asked by the BBC to produce a documentary on Life after Suicide which aired in 2014, receiving over 14 million views. When suicide remains the most common cause of death in men aged under 35, Angela is a prolific campaigner more Mental Health provision and awareness as as a member of an inter-party parliamentary committee for Mental health.

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