On Wednesday 8 April the Federation, in partnership with the BBC and the Royal Opera House, hosted The Culture Debate. This event was the first of its kind in a general election campaign: a major national hustings involving the leading cultural and creative industries spokespeople of the five main national parties and live-streamed on the BBC and Royal Opera House websites as well as on our own.
Ed Vaizey for the Conservatives, Harriet Harman for Labour, Baroness Bonham Carter for the Liberal Democrats, Martin Dobson for the Greens and Peter Whittle for UKIP outlined their parties' policies on the arts and creative industries and took questions from a live audience of over 300, including a selection of industry experts. The debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.
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