Labour pledges Arts Council clean-up

Labour pledges Arts Council clean-up

The Labour Party’s shadow culture secretary Thangam Debbonaire has promised, in a tweet, to change the long-failing funding body for arts in England.

Here’s what she says: Arts Council England has been given broad priorities & asked to reach into more and more areas. I think it’s time to re-discover its core purpose.

Labour is committed to reviewing ACE. We will consider how to best position it to face the opportunities of the next decade.

Reading between the lines, she’s saying ACE has exceeded its remit and needs to be dragged back to prioritising the arts. Not diversity or social justice or regional development or self-promotion. Just arts.

This reads like the best political arts statement in a decade.

Ms Debbonaire is a concert-standard cellist.

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