Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
I’ve long been a supporter of the Performers’ Alliance All-Party Group, which takes up issues on behalf of actors, musicians and screenwriters. Last week I attended their parliamentary drop-in, where the hot topics were a new report from Equity on social mobility in the arts, and, of course Brexit.
The UK has the largest cultural economy in the world relative to GDP, and Bristol has a thriving creative scene. Musicians and other artists must be able to work freely in Europe now that we have left the EU. I am also pressing the Government to replicate the EU Copyright Directive into UK law, so that actors get repeat fees when old programmes are screened.