The Liberal Democrats have published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK’s creative industries as a result of Brexit.
The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.
The creative industries are of huge importance to Britain’s economy - the music industry alone contributes £3.8bn to the economy.
The value of exports to the EU across the creative industries is £19.8bn, and these products are not fully covered by WTO rules - a future option the government has failed to rule out.
6.1% of the creative industries workforce and 10% of the design, publishing and advertising workforce are EU (non-British) nationals. Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond has consistently refused to back guarantees for EU citizens rights after Brexit.
Baroness Bonham-Carter, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport said: “Liberal Democrats have always been proud to back the fantastic creative companies and individuals who are based in Britain. We will stand up for them as the government pursues a hard-Brexit that poses a real risk to their future prosperity. The Government have rightly recognised the impact of changes to market access for banks and financial services but they must think about other industries and sectors too."
Read the creative industries paper here.
Merton Liberal Democrats found out on Wednesday (embargoed until yesterday) that WHSmith will also be returning to Wimbledon in the Summer.
It's just been announced that Waterstones will be opening a new shop in Wimbledon in the Autumn.
The new shop will be at 40-42 The Broadway opposite The Piazza (currently Halfords).
In January Wimbledon’s large WHSmith and Waterstones will be closing, as their lease in Wimbledon Bridge House is up, and instead Metrobank will move in.
An application was made in February 2014 to allow the shops to be converted into a bank, with the landords supporting the change.
In December, when we asked if they would open other branches in the town - Waterstones said "there isn't a plan at this point" and WHSmith didn't respond to us. So in January, we launched our petition:
On 8th April 2014, Merton Liberal Democrats launched their local election manifesto 'Innovation Merton' with Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron MP.