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Ex-culture minister Ed Vaizey: There’s been little improvement of disabled representation on stage

Culture minister Ed Vaizey. Photo: Tom Donald Ed Vaizey. Photo: Tom Donald
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Former culture minister Ed Vaizey has argued that there has not been “any significant change” in terms of the representation of disabled people on stage.

Vaizey was speaking at the launch of a new all-party parliamentary group dedicated to improving diversity in the creative industries on July 22.

Creative industries’ diversity to be focus of new all-party parliamentary group

“I think to a certain extent we’re seeing [diversity] on stage in terms of black, Asian and minority ethnic performers, but I don’t think it’s gone much further than that. We haven’t got anywhere near talking about recruitment, retention and promotion or senior leadership, all of which is woefully inadequate,” he told The Stage.

“I think certainly [there’s a lot more work to be done]… there hasn’t as far as I’m aware been any significant change in terms of disability,” he added.

The all party-parliamentary group for creative diversity aims to create a research report by 2020 detailing ways the industry can engage with people from all backgrounds, following a series of roundtable discussions.

Vaizey will chair the group, which is being run on a day-to-day basis by Alex Pleasants, from Vaizey’s office, and Joanna Abeyie, founder of inclusive recruitment business Hyden Talent.

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