🎥 Standing up for the Performing Arts

In Prime Ministers Questions, Jason stood up for the Performing Arts.

We are so lucky to have fab theatres, live music venues, festivals, orchestras, choirs & so many talented performers in our area & they need support! ⁦

Jason McCartney MP

Mr Speaker, the pubs are reopening, but we still won't be able to go to the Marsden Jazz Festival, Slaithwaite Philharmonic, Holmfirth Picturedrome, Lawrence Batley Theatre or even Honley Male Voice Choir concert.

Will the Prime Minister, in an effort to support the thousands of musicians, actors, dancers across the country who are struggling - look at replenishing the arts councils funds that have been redirected to the emergency Covid response so that we can have a vibrant creative industries coming out of this crisis?

Boris Johnson MP

Mr Speaker, the House is speaking pretty much with one voice this morning and I totally share peoples sense of urgency about wanting to get our wonderful creative culture, theatrical sector open as fast as we can.

But the House will also remember that what we are trying to do now involves striking a balance and it is very very important as we open up the economy that we do not go too far and risk a second spike and risk further outbreaks.

People can see what’s happening in Leicester for instance, we need to be very very careful that we do this in a prudent way and as we open the theatres, which we will, we want to make sure that we can do it in a Covid compliant and Covid secure way and I’m sure that’s what the House would want.