City of Culture

Clegg: No Hull rail electrification until after City of Culture

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has responded to today's comments from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that rail lines into Hull will not be electrified until the 2020s.

Diana Johnson MP said: "In putting off Hull rail electrification to the 2020s, Nick Clegg is abandoning any aspiration to get it done in time for Hull's 2017 City of Culture.

Hull MP attacks the unfair London bias of arts funding

Speaking today (16 October) in Culture, Media and Sport Questions in the Commons Hull North MP Diana Johnson pressed Government ministers on the unfair distribution of arts funding.

Diana Johnson MP told the Commons: "With public funding for the arts in London 15 times greater than outside the capital and Hull City Council seeing a 25% cut to its council funding during this Parliament can the Minister just explain to me how he expects Hull to deliver the national City of Culture in 2017 with these unfair funding formulas?"

MP protests at Hull’s exclusion from Clegg’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today slammed Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg's exclusion of Hull from his 'Golden Triangle' of growth between Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.

In response to Chancellor George Osborne's statement on having an high speed rail connection between Manchester and Leeds, the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister's office this week briefed local newspapers in Sheffield that: "Nick Clegg has long believed that three cities Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield should become a 'Northern golden triangle' to drive economic growth in the North".