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Equity at the Labour Party Conference

2 October 2013

Jean RogersOn 24 September Vice President Jean Rogers (pictured) spoke on behalf of Equity at a Labour Party Conference Fringe meeting in Brighton, on the effect of the crippling cuts to the Arts. The event was entitled 'Britain - Entertaining the World.'

Along with contributions from the MU General Secretary John Smith, and BECTU General Secretary, Gerry Morrissey, it was an opportunity to make a positive case for Britain's place as one of the leading creative forces in the world,  to a member of the Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Ministerial team, Helen Goodman MP.  A number of members of the Brighton and Sussex Branch were present and took the opportunity to question the Shadow Minister.

In reply to the contributions from the three unions,  Helen Goodman acknowledged the Labour party's view that the Arts sector was a growth industry of the future. She agreed to discuss the recent call at the TUC for local authority arts' funding to be ring-fenced.  With regard to access to, and representation of society, she made reference to Harriet Harman's Commission on Older Women in the Media.

Read the speech by Helen Goodman
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