Leading a parliamentary debate yesterday on Bradford’s bid for the title of UK City of Culture 2025 following the city’s successful shortlisting last week, Bradford East MP, Imran Hussain has urged Ministers to back Bradford’s bid.

During the debate, which was also attended by Bradford South MP Judith Cummins and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon, Imran celebrated the rich, deep and diverse culture of Bradford, highlighting the District’s heritage and its diversity as the key strength of the City of Culture bid, as well as speaking of what winning the title would mean for Bradford.

Responding to Imran, Nigel Huddleston MP, the Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, warmly welcomed Bradford’s bid, stating that he was impressed with Bradford’s ambition and the way in which the bid embraced the city of culture, as well as paying tribute to the diversity of the District and what it has to offer visitors with UNESCO World Heritage Site status at Saltaire and UNESCO City of Film status.

Speaking on his debate on Bradford’s bid for the title of UK City of Culture 2025, Imran said:

“Bradford is a fantastic city full of rich, deep and diverse culture, from the novels of the Bronte Sisters and David Hockney’s paintings, our proud football and rugby league clubs, and our status as Curry Capital of Britain along with our love of vibrant foods with origins all over the world, right on through to the diversity of the very people who call the Bradford District their home, and I was proud to be able to secure this debate in Parliament today to showcase Bradford’s bid.

“Given the strengths of our diversity and the strengths of our culture, I am clear that there is quite simply no better place to award the title of UK City of Culture 2025 than Bradford, and I hope that when the Minister and the Secretary of State for Culture prepare to make the final decision in just a few weeks, it is Bradford that is the forefront of their minds as the clear frontrunner.

“Winning the title of UK City of Culture 2025 and the investment and positive attention that this would bring to the District would also be transformational to Bradford after years of underinvestment and neglect by successive governments, and after years of living in the shadow of Leeds where we’re often treated as a poorer neighbour, this bid makes it clear that this is our time.”

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