YOUNG people from two Ashfield schools put their creative thinking caps on after being invited to a Labour Party policy meeting in Nottingham.
The 18 sixth form students from Quarrydale School in Sutton and Kirkby’s Ashfield School met with Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ivan Lewis, and Southwell screen writer Billy Ivory for the creative industry policy review at the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery on Thursday.
Ms De Piero said the meeting would help to shape her party’s policy on supporting creative industries and improving young people’s access to creative jobs in journalism, marketing acting and music.
“The students who came had some really amazing things to say and what we learned from them will feed into a report we are preparing about how we can support creative industries.
“Jobs in these industries can be very fulfilling and it is crucial that those who have the desire to move into these areas have the chance to do so. They should not be at a disadvantage just because they don’t live in a city.”
Mr Ivory, who wrote the 2010 film Made in Dagenham about sewing machinist strikes, took questions from the students.