Leeds' Bid for European Capital of Culture 2023

Commenting on the news that the European Commission has told the Government that a British city cannot hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2023, Hilary Benn said:

This is a terrible blow to Leeds’ great bid for 2023 which has gathered so much support from across the city. It is also inexplicable given that in the past Bergen and Istanbul have both been awarded the title even though neither Turkey nor Norway are members of the European Union.

The European Commission must now explain why it has decided to engage in blatant discrimination against the bid from Leeds.” 

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