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Why don’t the Conservatives want to talk about arts and culture?

By Ben Walmsley, Professor of Cultural Engagement; Director of the Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds
The arts and cultural sector is facing a multitude of challenges. With COVID and cost of living crisis following hot on the heels of a decade of funding cuts, many organisations have had to strip back their programmes. Some have closed altogether.

In the face of this stark reality, the Conservative party’s 2024 manifesto feels short on solutions. Over 80 pages, “arts” and “culture” are each mentioned only once. This is compared to “heritage”, which is addressed six times.

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