Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

David Cameron should assure us he won’t abolish the DCMS - 20/04

David Cameron could allay fears once and for all by giving a categorical assurance that he will not abolish the DCMS after the Olympics, despite calls from Tory ministers. He could scotch this rumour very easily.
The DCMS provides a vital voice for culture, media and sport from free entry to museums and galleries and boosting British film to bringing the Olympics to London.
If the DCMS were to be scrapped then so too would the respected DCMS Select Committee, which has done such important work on exposing phone hacking.
Culture, media and sport need a seat at the Cabinet table. After the shambles of the Budget, their voice needs to be stronger, not silenced.
I urge David Cameron to think again.

You can read news stories on this at CNBC and Mail Online. I also wrote an article for the Evening Standard, 'Don't let the philistines destroy London's arts, David', about these rumours.

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