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Political thumbs up for arts award

The leaders of the UK’s main political parties have put aside their differences to support a new award celebrating great achievements in British fashion.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg have given their backing to the first UK creative industries awards, The British Inspiration Awards,which recognise major contributions to the country’s economic, social and artistic development in categories including fashion, music and film.

Brown said: “Britain is a country full of talent. You see it every time you turn on the TV, when you watch a sports event, a film, or flick through the pages of a magazine.”

Cameron added: “British design and creativity has led the world for many years and we should be proud of that heritage.”

Clegg said the awards were a “fantastic” opportunity to “recognise the enormous contribution that creativity makes to our economy, our society and our culture.”

The awards honour the top creative, entrepreneurial and inspirational individuals, companies or groups that have helped make Britain great in their different fields.

The executive committee includes Wendy Malem, director of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise at London College of Fashion.

The inaugural awards take place on April 23 at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, east London. To find out more, visit

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