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Supporting the growth of the digital and creative industries in Bristol is vital - Darren Jones


Darren Jones welcomes  the launch of Labour's creative industries and digital review

Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman and Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna this week launched a review on how Britain can capitalise on its cutting-edge creative industries and developments in the digital economy as a key part of growing our way out of the cost-of-living crisis through better-paid and high-skilled jobs.


The review will be led by former UK Film Council Director John Woodward, supported by a group of industry experts from the film, TV, music, gaming, publishing and digital industries. It will look at the challenges and opportunities for policymakers and businesses alike as well as how Britain can better compete and continue to lead the way globally in the sector.


Labour established the UK’s first strategy to support the creative industries when it took power in 1997 and since then the sector has become one of the most significant and fastest-growing parts of the UK economy.


Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, said:


“Our creative industries are a huge success story home and abroad. They punch well above their weight in terms of international success and help put Britain on the map.


They have also grown faster than the rest of the economy in difficult times and we want to create the best conditions to allow them to continue to flourish which will help us earn our way to a better future.


The creative industries also have the jobs of the future that our young people want – high skilled and well paid. I look forward to working with John and his team over the coming months.”


Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said:


“Our creative industries - manufacturers of content - are one of our fastest-growing and most important sectors. We want to see them grow further and for the UK to lead the world. As we look to create an economy which produces more high-skilled, better-paid jobs, they will have a central role to play over the coming decades.


“This review will focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by the ways in which the digital economy is changing the way we do business. These include questions on access to information and platforms, ensuring there is strong competition with space for new entrants and that innovation is harnessed to grow new jobs, new companies, putting Britain in the best place to take advantage of opportunities which lie ahead.”


John Woodwood said:


“I have two objectives for the Review: first, to deliver a clear agenda for an incoming Labour government to help ensure that the UK's creative industries grow, focusing on the real 'game changers'.


“Second, to look at the impact of the creative industries from the perspective of UK citizens - asking what all of us might reasonably expect in terms of protections, safeguards and access to quality content and information in the digital world.


“I'm delighted to be working with a dynamic advisory board of entrepreneurs and creative professionals whose knowledge and experience of this sector is unparalleled.”


Darren Jones, Labours prospective Member of Parliament for Bristol North West, who is also a Technology, Media and Communications lawyer working for a national law firm in Bristol, said:


"Bristol has a strong local, national and international reputation in the digital and creative industries and I would strongly encourage Bristol businesses to submit their thoughts and ideas into this review.


“Supporting the further growth of this market in Bristol - and ensuring our educators are getting our young people best placed to take job opportunities in this sector is also key and I will encourage debate on this very topic through the Bristol Schools Business Forum, which I launched in 2013 to look at education and skilling our young people ready for good quality local jobs."


Submission to Labour’s review can be made through Darren Jones by emailing your submission to contact@darren-jones.co.uk marking the heading "Digital Review".

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