Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has responded to the new announcement on arts funding, after holding a roundtable with representatives of the Plymouth Culture Sector and Tracy Brabin MP, the Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries.
Luke Pollard and Tracy Brabin today met with representatives from the Theatre Royal Plymouth, Barbican Theatre, Soapbox Theatre and other board members of the creative arts community.
At the meeting, they discussed how the new funding can be passed through to theatres in the south west urgently and whether the creative driving force behind the region’s creative sector, freelancers and individual artists, would be included in the funding.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I welcome this funding announcement although it should not have taken so long for Ministers to swing in action. It is better late than never. We now need to make sure that the money supports the full range of creative businesses in Plymouth from the Theatre Royal, Barbican Theatre and Soap Box Theatre to freelancers, editors, writers and designers. The headline is good, but we have to make sure the detail is right.
“We cannot afford for this funding to get stuck in London and in big organisations when it is urgently needed elsewhere. Every day that our theatres are not funded is one more day when jobs are lost. Now we have the press release, let’s get the details and let’s make sure it delivers for Plymouth.”