Today I gave a speech in the Westminster Hall debate on music in education – an issue which is very close to my heart. I spoke about the importance of music in everyone’s lives and the benefit it brings to a child’s education The recent “Primary Colours” report concluded that our children now are receiving nowhere near the same provision of the creative arts as they did a generation ago.
For many children, school is their first exposure to all kinds of art, theatre, music, and culture – and it is unforgivable that we are moving backwards on this. Not only does this have consequences for those children personally, it holds us back as a society. In our history we have produced so many fantastic actors, artists, literature, and more – I will continue putting pressure on the government not to let these areas become the preserve of a privileged few.