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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”