MP speaks up for city’s bid
THE whole West Midlands is backing Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, the Government has been told.
Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden in Solihull, supported Coventry’s bid when she spoke in the House of Commons.
Coventry, Paisley, Stoke- on- Trent, Sunderland and Swansea are in the running to be named UK City of Culture for 2021.
The shortlist was selected in July from a group of 11 towns and cities that had registered bids to take over the host title, currently held by Hull.
The winner of the award, which comes with a £ 3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will be chosen in December.
Dame Caroline ( Con) told a House of Commons debate: “It is exciting for all of us to know that Coventry has made the shortlist and is now in a five- way race to win this title.”
And she told MPs that Coventry Cathedral was a symbol of “reconciliation and peace” following its destruction in World War II.
She said: “We live at the moment in such a troubled, unstable world, and Coventry has a particular mission.”
Dame Caroline added: “Coventry is a city at the heart of the country, and incredibly well connected. It is easy to get to, and it is focused on human connectedness.”