Yesterday Labour launched its Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries.
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We have a passionate belief that the arts should be the entitlement of everyone.
This vision is shared by our signatories – Sir Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Melvyn Bragg, Jeanette Winterson and many others.
You can read the charter – and see the first signatories – below.

If you agree, sign our Charter.

If you agree with our policies, use your vote to secure a Labour government. And if you really want to help do that, support the campaign for Alex Sobel to win here in Leeds NW – sign up now.

LABOUR’S CHARTER FOR CULTURE AND THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Britain’s creativity is the powerhouse of our future prosperity and central to our national identity.
If you agree with our vision for the creative industries we ask you to join us in signing this Charter.
Labour’s 2015 Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries
We the undersigned do hold that:
. Exploitative zero-hours contracts should be banned, unpaid internships longer than four weeks should be stopped and properly accredited apprenticeships in the creative industries should be ensured.
. There should be a universal entitlement to a creative education for every child.
. Careers advice should recognise opportunities in the creative industries.
. There should continue to be a Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
. Job opportunities for young people in the creative industries should be secured.
. Every art and culture institution that receives public funding should open its doors to and engage with young people.
. Arts funding should be balanced equitably across the whole country and not concentrated in any one region.
. Regional networks providing local leadership and enhancing cooperation and coordination in the arts should be strengthened.
. No one media owner should be able to exert undue influence on public opinion and policy makers. No media company should have so much power that those who run it believe themselves above the rule of law.
. A strong BBC, properly funded by the licence fee, should be independent, impartial and free to create the very best programming for all in every genre.
. Channel 4 should remain in public hands.
. The very best of our national cultural heritage should be available to all, with free admission to our national galleries and museums and incentives for private collectors to provide greater access to great works of art.
. As a nation we should encourage further investment in the arts and the creative industries through public subsidy and tax credits, such as those for film, television, theatre production, the video games industry and orchestras.
. The beauty of our cities, towns and villages, including exceptional monuments, churches, cathedrals and historic houses should be protected and enhanced.
. Superfast broadband and mobile telephony should be treated as essential aspects of the economic and social infrastructure of the country and nobody should be excluded from the digital economy by virtue of their geography, their age or their wealth.
. The National Lottery should be opened up to full transparency.
. Libraries should be valued as a key part of our communities, important to social mobility and community cohesion.
. Government appointments to arts bodies should reflect the full diversity of our country.
. Intellectual property should be protected at home and abroad.
. Government should work with the tourism sector to create jobs and growth across the country.

Yours faithfully,

Harriet Harman

Chris Bryant

John Mark Ainsley, Tenor

Matthew Bourne OBE, Choreographer

Melvyn Bragg, Broadcaster and Author

Peter Davison, Actor

Shaun Dooley, Actor

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Writer and Broadcaster
Michael Grandage CBE, Director and Producer

Bonnie Greer OBE, Former Deputy Chair of the British Museum; playwright and author

Charlie Hanson, Producer and Director

Elizabeth Heery, Actor

Luke Jennings, Writer

Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, Artist

David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic

Kathy Lette, Author

Dominic Minghella, Screenwriter 

David Morrissey, Actor

Grayson Perry CBE, Artist

Arthur Pita, Choreographer

Baroness Rebuck CBE

Toby Sawyer, Actor

Francesca Simon, Author

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Actor

Harriet Thorpe, Actor

Jack Thorpe Baker, Theatre Director

Julie Walters CBE, Actor

Sarah Waters, Author

Jeanette Winterson OBE, Author

Joanne Harris MBE, Author

Lord Puttnam CBE

Philip Hedley CBE

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