MPs back Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid

By on 08/04/2010 in Culture, News

On the last day before Parliament is dissolved for the General Election, MPs from across the West Midlands – and beyond – are rushing to publicly show their support for Birmingham's bid to be the UK's first City of Culture by signing up to an Early Day Motion (EDM) laid down in the House of Commons.

The EDM (No1182) states: “That this House notes that Birmingham – city of Tolkien and Sir Simon Rattle, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and UB40 – is and always has been a great city of culture; and believes that it should be recognised as such when the UK’s first official City of Culture is announced later this year.”

The move demonstrates the collective cross party support from across the region.   At the last count 23 eligible MPs had backed the EDM (members of the Government including Ministers, Whips and Parliamentary Private Secretaries are not eligible to sign) including MPs from Birmingham, Coventry, West Bromwich, Tamworth and Walsall. However support for the city is also coming from further afield including from Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and even two MPs representing voters in North London.

Sharon Lea, Strategic Director, Environment and Culture, said today: “Given how much MPs have on their agendas at present - completing outstanding business in the Commons before embarking upon their election campaigns next week- the fact that so many are taking the time to show their support for the bid is fantastic.

“That the support is coming from not only Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, but also from much further afield including Yorkshire - home to a rival bidding city no less! – is also an important signal that Birmingham is widely considered the most deserving choice to be the UK's first City of Culture in 2013.”

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