Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman visited Carlisle this Thursday to hear how the Labour City Council is using culture to help the economic recovery of the city.
Ms Harman was invited to Carlisle by Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate, Lee Sherriff. She visited the Old Fire Station before work gets underway to create a new £1million art venue for the city. Harriet and Lee spoke to local artists and heard plans for the forthcoming refurbishment.
Later in the day she met school children enjoying the city's new Ice Skating Rink at Bitts Park.
She completed her visit to Cumbria by campaigning for Labour candidate Christie Bowditch in the Cumbria County Council by-election in Belle Vue.
Harriet Harman said:
“I am very pleased to be visiting Carlisle at the invitation of Lee Sherriff. The Labour council in Carlisle is doing great work in harnessing the opportunities offered to them by the city’s culture to help build an economic recovery for the area.
“Before taking control of the Council in 2012, Labour pledged they would develop a new arts venue for the city and I’m pleased they are delivering on that promise. The plans for the new centre are ambitious, value for money and will enhance the cultural life of Carlisle. It is disappointing that local Tories voted against them.
“I’m also interested to hear how the Council has worked in partnership with the private sector to deliver on a new ice-skating rink.”
Lee Sherriff, Labour candidate for Carlisle said:
“I’m pleased Harriet has been able to visit Carlisle to see how we’re delivering on our vision for the city. We want to use culture and sport to make Carlisle a destination for visitors and a better place for local residents.”