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Chris Bryant appointed shadow minister for the arts

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Labour MP Chris Bryant has been appointed shadow minister for the arts, a position he has labelled “just about the best job there is”.

“The arts and media touch nearly everybody’s lives, whether you’re talking about TV shows, theatre and cultural events or music that people listen to, nobody is untouched by the arts,” he told The Stage.

Bryant replaces Helen Goodman, who had held the post since 2011. She will now take Bryant’s previous position as shadow minister for work and pensions.

Bryant is an associate of the National Youth Theatre, and served on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for the House of Commons between 2001 and 2005.

He said that equal access to the arts was among his biggest priorities, and said: “Access is one of the most important things and it’s always a challenge for the theatre…Key to us is that arts should be for everybody and making sure that everybody has an equal chance to participate and enjoy the arts.”

For more on this story see next week’s edition of The Stage.

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