Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh pay tribute to Ed Vaizey’s arts work
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have paid tribute to former arts minister Ed Vaizey, citing the “pivotal” role he played in government.
Alongside actor Dominic West and Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly, they are among 160 figures from the arts who have signed a letter, published in The Telegraph, praising Vaizey’s tenure as the longest-serving arts minister in British political history.
He was sacked from his post as arts minister earlier this month by new prime minister Theresa May, and has been replaced by Matt Hancock.
“At a time of extreme uncertainty for these sectors, and in the face of deep Treasury cuts, he has always remained approachable, sincere and a knowledgeable advocate for our in our industries, both nationally and internationally,” the letter states.
The letter’s signatories also include Adrian Lester, Rufus Norris, Deborah Bull, David Lan and Julian Bird, as well as the deputy London mayor for culture, Justine Simons.
The letter goes on to highlight Vaizey’s work to improve diversity across the arts as well as his work within government to champion the creative industries.
“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport settlement at the autumn statement was a great result for our sectors, and we are grateful for the pivotal role Mr Vaizey has played,” it said.
Speaking on Radio 4’s The Media Show after his exit from government, Vaizey said he was “very flattered” by the reactions from within the cultural sector to his departure.
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