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Equity is lobbying the party conferences

23 September 2013

Equity, together with other entertainment trade unions, is lobbying the party conferences for more support for the arts.

Liberal Democrats: To coincide with the Liberal Democrat party conference which took place in Glasgow, Lost Arts organised a human chain protest at the National Gallery on 18 September to raise awareness of cuts to all art forms. Around 40 Equity members from the London branches attended, alongside around 100 members of other unions including PCS, Prospect and the Musicians' Union. Equity Assistant General Secretary Stephen Spence spoke on behalf of Equity at the rally at the National Gallery and John Gilett, a member of Equity’s North and East London branch, spoke at the social event that followed the protest.

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Conservative: Equity is supporting a demonstration organised by the North West TUC to coincide with the start of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on 29 September. The themes of the protest are the NHS and the Government’s wider austerity agenda. Equity members across the UK have been invited to join the demonstration as part of our continuing arts funding campaigning activities.

The Creative Coalition Campaign, which is chaired by Equity General Secretary Christine Payne, is working with the Conservative Creative Industries Network and has organised a number of panel discussions taking place at Conservative Party Conference. The panels, which will take place on 30 September, will be looking at the Government’s role in supporting growth and content innovation in the audiovisual industries.

LabourEquity’s Vice President Jean Rogers will be speaking alongside John Smith from the Musicians Union and Gerry Morrissey from BECTU at the Unions 21 rally for the creative industries in Brighton on 24 September, as part of Unions 21’s programme of work at Labour party conference. At the rally Jean will speak about the My Theatre Matters! and Lost Arts campaigns and urge the Labour party to develop policies that address the current crisis in arts funding.

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