Labour Party Manifesto 2019 – Culture, Media & Digital

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It’s time for Real Change

Labour Party Manifesto 2019

This election will shape our country for a generation. It is your opportunity to transform our country, so that it works not just for a few, but for all of us. It is a chance to deliver the real change Britain needs. This manifesto sets out how a Labour government will do that.

Culture

Britain’s thriving arts, culture and creative industries drive investments and encourage tourism.

  • A Labour government will open up career opportunities in these industries for everyone and consult on ways to address the gender imbalance in the digital creative industries.
  • We will introduce an Arts Pupil Premium to every primary school in England – a £160 million annual boost for schools to ensure creative and arts education is embedded in secondary education, and providing a pathway to grow our thriving creative sector.
  • We will invest in the towns and communities neglected for too long, with a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to transform libraries, museums and galleries across the country.
  • We will make the distribution of National Lottery funding more transparent to help communities get their fair share of project funding.
  • We will maintain free entry to museums, because everyone should have access to our shared heritage.
  • Building on the success of the UK City of Culture, we will launch a Town of Culture competition.
  • We will work with trade unions and employers to make creative jobs accessible for all, ensuring diversity in these industries so that everyone sees themselves represented on screen and on stage.
  • We will review the copyright framework to ensure fair remuneration for artists and content creators.

Media

  •  A Labour government will ensure a healthy future for all our public service broadcasters, including BBC Alba and S4C.
  • We will protect free TV licences for over-75s.A free and fair press is vital to protecting democracy and holding the powerful to account.
  • We will address misconduct and the unresolved failures of corporate governance raised by the second stage of the abandoned Leveson Inquiry.
  • We will take steps to ensure that Ofcom is better able to safeguard a healthy plurality of media ownership and to put in place clearer rules on who is fit and proper to own or run TV and radio stations.
  • We will take action to address the monopolistic hold the tech giants have on advertising revenues and will support vital local newspapers and media outlets.
  • We will consult media-sector workers and trade unions to establish an inquiry into the ‘fake news’ undermining trust in media, democracy and public debate, and on a legal right of public interest defence for journalists

Digital

Digital and technological advancements bring challenges, but also huge opportunities. In the age of AI and automation, digital connectivity will underpin our future economy. We will need world-class digital infrastructure in which everyone can share.

  • Labour will deliver free full-fibre broadband to all by 2030.We will establish British Broadband, with two arms: British Digital Infrastructure (BDI) and the British Broadband Service (BBS).
  • We will bring the broadband-relevant parts of BT into public ownership, with a jobs guarantee for all workers in existing broadband infrastructure and retail broadband work. BDI will roll out the remaining 90–92% of the full-fibre network, and acquire necessary access rights to existing assets.
  • BBS will coordinate the delivery of free broadband in tranches as the full-fibre network is rolled out, beginning with the communities worst served by existing broadband networks.
  • Taxation of multinationals, including tech giants, will pay for the operating costs of the public full-fibre network.
  • The plan will boost jobs, tackle regional inequality and improve quality of life as part of a mission to connect the country.
  • We will enforce a legal duty of care to protect our children online, impose fines on companies that fail on online abuse and empower the public with a Charter of Digital Rights.