Dundee Labour back Dundee’s bid for UK City of Culture status

29 November 2012

Dundee West End Councillor Richard McCready, North East Scotland MSP Jenny Marra and Dundee West MP Jim McGovern have today put their full backing behind Dundee’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.

Jenny Marra and Jim McGovern have tabled motions before the Scottish and UK parliaments asking parliamentarians to lend their support to Dundee’s bid.

Councillor Richard McCready said,

“I am pleased that support for the bid to be UK City of Culture is now being shown in the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament. 

“Now that the council has agreed to take forward the bid it is important that everyone with Dundee's best interests at heart takes the opportunity to promote the bid. 

“The hard work of winning the title of UK City of Culture 2017 starts now.'

 Jenny Marra MSP said,

“Dundee City of Culture 2017 would be fantastic timing for our city.

“We need to seize the momentum of the V&A and launch more opportunities for everyone in Dundee.

“We need to fire all the bullets in the air at the same time.

“Only by bringing more opportunities to the City before 2020, like the National Football Academy and El Sistema will we make the UK City of Culture work for all our communities and give all our children new chances to find their talents.

“Everyone in Dundee should get behind the UK City of Culture bid and make sure that the changing face of Dundee means change for everyone.”

Jim McGovern MP said,

 “I am delighted to support the bid to see Dundee become the UK City of Culture in 2017.

“The cultural life of Dundee is thriving and will only get better over the next few years.

“This is a perfect opportunity to highlight the unique virtues of Dundee, and to showcase both to Scotland and the rest of the UK how much there is to do, see and experience in the city.

“I am confident that this bid will put Dundee even more firmly on the map and will have a hugely positive impact on the city.”

Jenny Marra’s motion before the Scottish Parliament

Dundee Bids to Become UK City of Culture 2017—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of Dundee City Council to bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017; recognises what it considers the vibrancy of Dundee Rep, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the McManus Galleries and Dundee’s popular music scene, including the recent visit of the Scottish Ensemble; notes the contribution to the culture of the city by the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee and Dundee College; looks forward to the V&A at Dundee opening, and wishes the city of Dundee every success in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017.

Jim McGovern’s Early Day Motion before the House of Commons

That this House welcomes the decision of Dundee City Council to bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017; recognises the vibrant cultural scene in Dundee including Dundee Rep, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the McManus Galleries and many other venues; notes the vibrant musical and artistic scene across the city; notes the contribution to the culture of city from the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee and Dundee College; looks forward to V & A at Dundee opening and wish the city of Dundee every success in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017.

 

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