September 9, 2020

Labour’s Digital Future Consultation

This month I launched Labour’s public consultation on “Our Digital Future.” I believe that technology can change lives for the better – and it already has. From video calls to family on the other side of the world, to personal protective equipment 3D printed at home, the benefits of digital are than just economic  The events of the last few …

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June 12, 2020

Cultural Industries Need UK Government Sector Specific Support – My Letter to DCMS Secretary of State

On Wednesday I wrote again to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport raising the perilous financial state of our cultural industries – theatres, other live performance venues and the talent working across them again pressing for urgent, sector specific support before it’s too late. The sector will be one of the last to re-open because of the …

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May 18, 2020

Help Needed for PAYE Freelancers – My Letter to the Chancellor

I have today written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for action to help PAYE freelancers who are unable to access any support through the Government’s financial assistance schemes.   This is a particular problem for staff at the BBC who cannot be furloughed because the BBC does not qualify for the Job Retention Scheme as a public sector organisation. According …

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