City of Culture

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West 9:30 am, 14th February 2013

when she expects a decision to be made on which city will be named 2017 UK city of culture.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

We expect to announce the result of the competition for UK city of culture 2017 in November.

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

Although I fully appreciate that my hon. Friend must go through the formalities of the bidding process as to which city should be city of culture in 2017, he could save his time and the work of his officials by announcing now that Southend should be the city of culture.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The cultural delights of Southend are well known: the Pier Cultural Centre, Priory Park bandstand and, of course, the Cliffs Pavilion where tonight Billy Fury’s Tornados will be playing. No doubt they will perform “Last night was made for love”.

Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

Will the Minister accept, however, that Colchester is clearly the cultural capital of Essex, and therefore that Colchester should have the title of city of culture?

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I acknowledge Colchester’s important cultural value, which has been acknowledged since the Romans arrived.