I recently secured a debate in Westminster Hall which called on the UK Government to establish a new ‘Town of Culture’ award. This award would operate in a similar way to the City of Culture Award and would give winning towns investment into the arts and culture scene in their locality.
The idea for the ‘Town of Culture’ award was created by the Labour Towns Group, a group made up of Labour MPs who represent towns in England, Wales and Scotland.
The City of Culture Award has proven to be of huge value to our cities. The last recipient of the award, Hull, estimates that that programme generated £60 million in 2017 along from visitor income and additional drive. It generated 800 new jobs, 5 million visitors and £220 million of additional investment. Read more “Westminster Hall Debate: Town of Culture Award”
I have joined with other MPs to call for a new ‘Town of Culture’ award to be established to help regenerate local areas. MPs have published an open letter to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport requesting for the matter to be discussed further.
Currently, towns are eligible to apply for the ‘City of Culture’ award, but they struggle to put forward a bid that can compete with the larger cities that also compete for the award. Cities have the resources they need to put forward a bid and towns would be greatly supported if they had their own category.
The letter states: Read more “Town of Culture award”
I questioned the Government on their plans to move Channel 4 out of London. The promised in their manifesto at the last General Election that they would crack on with the move. However, delays have continued.
Evidence shows that the move will be worth approximately £600m and I want to see it moved to Salford where it will have the biggest benefit for Delyn residents.
The Minister tries to make it appear as if Wrexham is in the running for the bidding, when in actual fact it is not. She used this to dodge the question that I put forward.