Sue has been on the campaign trail with Labour peer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Lord Bragg of Wigton. Sue and Lord Bragg discussed the importance of the arts and culture, including continuing support for the arts in our schools.
Lord Bragg expressed his concerns for disproportionate arts funding, with less funding being allocated to arts projects in areas like Cumbria, and a Labour government will address this, to provide support and access to the arts for all.
Labour’s election manifesto has confirmed our commitment to the arts – they should belong to all and be open to all to take part in. We will work with public bodies to tackle the regional imbalance of arts funding so that areas like Cumbria no longer miss out.
Labour will strengthen creative education in schools and after school clubs, and ensure that publicly funded venues open up their doors to young people. We will increase apprenticeships in creative industries, and create a Prime Minister’s Committee on arts and culture.