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Monday 16 January 2017

Action needed to stop privately educated dominating charts - Labour MP

Published 03/03/2016 | 14:51

Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, questioned John Whittingdale in the Commons
Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, questioned John Whittingdale in the Commons

Ministers must act to prevent privately-educated singers and bands dominating the pop charts, a Labour MP has said.

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Rupa Huq insisted efforts to encourage creativity and talent amongst youngsters outside of school would also avert " another all-white Brit awards".

The Brits came under fire due to a lack of black and minority ethnic artists among the nominees, with bosses signalling they would seek to address the lack of diversity wi th a "fresh look" at how they are chosen.

Ms Huq pressed Culture Secretary John Whittingdale for action during a questions session in the Commons.

Mr Whittingdale replied: "I would say to you that this country produces some of the finest music acts around the world and certainly a lot of the ones which I go to see certainly didn't go to public school.

"I'm looking forward to going to see Muse and I hope Rainbow in the coming months.

"But of course this is something where I want to see opportunity for everybody to succeed who has talent."

Ms Huq (Ealing Central and Acton) had asked: " To prevent our pop charts from being disproportionately dominated by acts from private schools, and to prevent another all-white Brit awards like the event that was criticised last week, would you consider starting a scheme similar to the much-missed music action zones that the Labour government created to encourage creativity and talent in music in non-classroom contexts?"

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