Shadow Culture Minister and South Yorkshire MP Dan Jarvis has attacked the Government for treating the creative industries like a “second-rate sector”.
Calling for greater investment, Barnsley Central Labour MP Mr Jarvis said: “Between 1997 and 2006, the creative economy grew faster than any other sector.
“It accounted for two million jobs in the UK and £17.3 billion of exports in 2008.
“Its size was second only to that in the United States of America.
“It’s obvious to me that the British economy’s recovery depends on sectors that are capable of providing growth year-on-year and the creative economy is one of these.”
Mr Jarvis said the Government should be doing more to promote growth and jobs in the creative industries, nurture creativity in young people and celebrate the importance of the UK’s heritage.
He said the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games next year also created the perfect opportunity to develop a cultural and creative legacy for generations of Britons to come.