East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has drawn attention to the changes in the way the UK City of Culture competition is delivered and potential benefits to people across the UK.
The DUP MP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons as Coventry’s programme of events have begun after a delay due to Covid.
Commenting he said, “The UK City of Culture competition is an important way to boost the profile and bring benefits to those who have been successful in winning the title. As the first ever UK City of Culture, Londonderry was hugely successful in showcasing the city and maximising the economic benefits THE title brings.
There have been changes to the application process, meaning groups of towns can submit bids and this further opens the opportunity for more communities to enjoy the benefits of this title including clusters of towns or Cities in Northern Ireland. Coventry’s programme of events has been delayed due to Covid, but even with ongoing restrictions there is expected to be a significant boost in visitor numbers and more than £110 million in additional investment.
As Coventry joins Londonderry initially, then Hull on the list of winners hopefully in the not too distant future we will see this title return again to Northern Ireland.”
The text of the motion is below;
“That this House notes recent changes being introduced for future City of Culture bids; acknowledges the significant benefits that can accrue for successful Cities; recognises that previous winners such as Londonderry the first ever UK City of Culture, Hull and Coventry were all recognised as locations that raised the profile of local people, the wider area and increased a sense of pride in showcasing their districts to a much wider audience; and expresses the hope that future regions bidding for the title will be able to maximise the benefits for all their citizens.”