Our Creative Industries Need a Voice at the Brexit Top Table

The creative industries are vital to the UK economy and they are likely to be even more pivotal after we leave the EU. So the fact Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is not a member of the Cabinet's main Brexit committee is deeply worrying. Over 1.9 million jobs in the UK are directly dependent on the creative industries and much of our cultural clout depends on them. So it's vital they have a voice at the top table. 

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The Prime Minister's Visit to India, the Amritsar Attack and the Questions Sikhs Would Like Her to Answer

The June 1984 attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib - popularly referred to as the Golden Temple complex - in Amritsar caused a legacy of pain and grief that Sikhs still feel profoundly today. So as Theresa May prepares to visit India this weekend it is vital she is open, honest and transparent about the role Margaret Thatcher's administration may have played in the months leading up to it and the terrible events that followed.

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Thrown to the Wolves

In 2011, Lord Justice Leveson began his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British Press, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It’s been over 1324 days since all parties agreed to implement his recommendations in full. 

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People Power after Brexit

When this country took its decision to leave the EU, the deciding factor for many who voted Leave was the sense of powerlessness they feel over changes that are making their lives tougher. The speed of global change has had a dramatic effect. For too many people that change has been damaging, to jobs and to living standards. Whole communities feel abandoned and ignored. So when we were told that Brexit meant taking back control, many voted for it. 

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Celebrating Black History Month

Something I love about Black History Month is that there’s no single organisation responsible for it. There’s no parent body telling everyone what to do, or deciding who can join in.

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Petition: Reduce the Maximum Stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 to £2

The Government has finally announced a Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. Now this review has been announced, Theresa May must take immediate action to tackle the scourge of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. 

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The BBC: Often Criticised, Rarely Bettered (VIDEO)

I spoke in Parliament this week in a debate about the future of the BBC. As I said in my speech, the BBC is often criticised but rarely bettered. It is a national asset we should all treasure. You can watch a short clip of my closing remarks here. 

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Theresa May: Tackle the Scourge of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Our new PM Theresa May says she will champion working people. So I don’t know why she’s dragging her famous heels when it comes to tackling fixed odds betting terminals.

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Protecting Children From Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting Must Be Introduced

We must do everything we can to protect children from abuse and neglect. That’s why in our 2015 manifesto, Labour said we'd introduce mandatory reporting.

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The UK has a cultural clout that far outweighs our size: Flying the flag for Culture, Music and Sport

It doesn’t really matter where your musical heroes are from, but I think we all feel a residual sense of pride when we discover an artist or band that we love grew up in the same area we did. I’m old enough to remember the mod revival of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the Ska movement that drew so heavily on the music played by West Indian immigrants and their children.

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