The Labour Party held a Creative Industries Network Summer Reception last night as part of their ongoing engagement with stakeholders from the creative industries, supported by the Creative Coalition Campaign.
The reception was held against a backdrop of concern regarding the potential abolition of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by the Government.
The reception followed on from months of engagement, the product of which is being fed into Labour’s “Vision for Jobs and Growth in the Creative Industries”. The Vision will look at five key areas within the Creative Industries; Skills and Education, Access to Finance, Intellectual Property, Exports and Inward Finance and Regional Growth.
Harriet Harman MP, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, speaking after the reception, stated:
“We’re working with the Creative Industries to celebrate their national and global success, to protect and strengthen the DCMS and to build an even stronger future in difficult times.
"The creative industries are vital to our economy and to our society, and that’s why we’re working with them and colleagues in our Treasury, Education and BIS Shadow teams on a strategy that will allow our world-class creative industries to maintain and build on their successes."
Dan Jarvis MP, Shadow Culture Minister, stated:
"Last night, Labour held a reception with over 150 figures from the Creative Industries to demonstrate the immense talent and potential which these industries hold. This was held against the backdrop of increased rumours of the abolition of the DCMS.
"We know that the success of these vibrant industries relies not just on the continued existence of the Department, but also on a Department which effectively champions it across Government and fights its corner. The abolition of the DCMS would be a disaster for one of Britain’s true success stories, and we must not allow that to happen."