Hugo Swire promoted: Report
from the Sidmouth Herald, 19 November 2004.
MP Hugo a shadow minister
EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire was yesterday
promoted to Shadow Minister for the Arts. Mr Swire entered Parliament at the 2001 General
Election. He was rapidly promoted to parliamentary private secretary to the then
Conservative Party chairman, Theresa May MP.
In 2003, he was further promoted to the Whip's Office where he was the whip to both the
Foreign and Commonwealth Department and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Swire was a director of Sotheby's London, the leading
international auction house. Previously, he was the founding head of development at the
Mr Swire is the vice-chairman of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art. He is
also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and one of the country's leading charity
He told the Herald. "I am naturally thrilled by this appointment as I have been
involved in the arts in one way or another for most of my working life. "I shall be
spending the next few weeks mastering my brief and going out to meet and listen to people
in the arts world. I am looking forward to my new role enormously."
To obtain further details of Mr Swire you can use this new website.
You can also send him a fax very easily.
Swire started out as a typical part-time MP, retaining his day job at Sotheby's. This
may still be the position.
Maybe 'mastering his brief' will include formulating proposals to deal with the huge
impact of 'H&S' regulations on folk festivals and other Arts events. But don't hold
your breath. You could also ask him what he proposes to do to help what is apparently a
dying breed of folk festival - this is from the website of Broadstairs
"We need your help so that
Broadstairs Folk Week can continue as it is - one of the few remaining successful
festivals held in a town as opposed to in an enclosed green field site. Please support
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