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Blow to arts as voters oust popular cellist

Blow to arts as voters oust popular cellist
Blow to arts as voters oust popular cellist

In one of few Labour setbacks last night, voters in Bristol Central unaseated Thangam Debbonaire, who was destined to be Culture Secretary in Keir Starmer’s new government.

Debbonaire, 57, a former orchestral cellist who founded a string quartet in the House of Commons, had held the seat since 2010. She was defeated by the Green candidate by more than 10,000 votes.

Debbonaire’s defeat will be a blow to arts lobyyists who had been bending her ear for months in the hope of achieving a more sympathetic hearing from the new Labour Government.

By way of balance, the Tory Cultury Secretary Lucy Frazer lost her seat to the Liberal Democrats.

The arts are presently unrepresented in the new Parliament

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