Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

12 JUL 2017

Brexit Creative Industries

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to me about Brexit and the value of the creative industries.

I am afraid I was unable to attend the meeting on this matter, however I hope the following information from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is reassuring:

The creative industries are one of the UK's greatest success stories, contributing over £87 billion to the economy and over £19 billion in exports. Therefore, it is only right that they be given all the support necessary to continue to thrive after we have left the EU.

Ministers have been working closely with the Creative Industries Council, who represent the whole of the creative industries, to understand both the possible opportunities and impacts presented by the UK's decision leaving the EU.
A series of roundtable meetings have also been held with businesses and industry representatives from across the creative industries to discuss these matters.
These have included representations from the music industry regarding touring musicians and crews. Ministers remain committed to working closely with the music sector to ensure that its needs and views are understood.
Alongside this, Sir Peter Balgazatte is leading a sector review into the creative industries as part of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper which was published in January. This is a vital means of helping to underpin the future prosperity of the creative industries in a post-Brexit Britain.

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