Politicians do support the arts

Martin Kettle’s article in The Guardian on 31st July 2015,  “Why you won’t catch a British politician at the opera”, was woefully misinformed. The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group,  whose purpose is to “To promote an appreciation of jazz music and to engage Parliament in an awareness of the issues facing jazz music, musicians and promoters”, has over a 100 active members from both houses. The Group is jointly chaired by Mark Pritchard MP and Lord Tony Colwyn. The Parliamentary Jazz Awards sponsored by Phonographic Performance Limited are a highlight of the jazz and arts calendar in the UK. Once he has looked at the Jazz Appreciation Group he could then turn to the other Parliamentary Groups that support, folk, opera, classical music, choirs, dance and many more.

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