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Tackle The Issues

Tackle The Issues returns to Ropetackle for another Question Time inspired evening featuring Simon Fanshawe, Lord Bassam, Sue Dare, Lisa Rodrigues, and Tim Loughton MP.

This is your chance to ask a panel of local politicians, commentators, and experts the questions that matter to you. The panel will comprise:

  • Simon Fanshawe (Writer, broadcaster, former chair of the University of Sussex Council)
  • Lord Bassam (Privy Counsellor, former Government Minister, and Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords)
  • Sue Dare (Principal of Northbrook College and former director of the Learning & Skills Council)
  • Lisa Rodrigues (Writer and anti-stigma campaigner, and recently retired Chief Executive of Sussex Partnerships NHS Trust)

In the chair will be Tim Loughton MP (Conservative MP for Shoreham and East Worthing, former Minister for Children & Families).

Members of the audience are invited to put their questions to the panel – current affairs, the human condition, the state of the world – the wider the range of questions the better. If you would like to ask a question please email it in advance to admin@ropetacklecentre.co.uk or bring it (in writing) on the night.

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Tuesday 30th September 2014 -


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    johnoE8348BW
    2/02/2020
  •   This venue is great for a night out. They have an assortment of entertainment, we mainly see bands or tribute bands. The one in July was Eagles tribute and the... read more

    SHARON T
    10/10/2019
  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
    10/14/2019
  •   Recently saw the South Coast Soul Review at Ropetackle and enjoyed a really good live band. Always a nice atmosphere and you can enjoy a drink inside the performance... read more

    Josie C
    7/15/2019
  •   Fabulous friendly award winning venue run almost entirely by volunteers. Films.,bands, recitals talks you name it you can experience it here. Lovely cafe and bar and fab staff.

    Sula062014
    8/08/2019
  •   We have been to the panto at the Ropetackle several times and this year it was as good, if not better than ever. It had all the ingredients we... read more

    lhrhkg
    12/29/2019
  •   Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

    davidj0d0nnell
    8/18/2019
  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

    Arnicaqueen
    10/10/2019
  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

    chris b
    7/28/2019
  •   Lovely little place for a relax and chill in a morning! Coffee cake and a magazine. Meeting friends and family - or just a little working morning on my own!

    BIves24
    1/19/2020
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