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Whittingdale wins our vote! PDF Print E-mail
The word 'conservation' doesn’t often pass the lips of our parliamentarians. As the exception to the rule, John Whittingdale M.P. has earned himself Icon's nomination for a Charity Champion Award 2005 in the culture and heritage category. These awards honour the hard work and time which Members of Parliament devote to charitable causes and are run by politics website

Our nomination was in recognition of the work of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of which John Whittingdale is the chair, and in particular for his championing of good conservation work as a key foundation for our country's commemoration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Recognising the plight of our great historic ships and the serious lack of resource put into conserving them for future generations, the Committee was highly critical of the Government initiative to create a new National Historic Ships Unit. '‘The budget is paltry and the staffing, however expert, minimal.', it said, accusing the government of paying 'lip-service to the value of historic vessels as part of the UK's cultural heritage' while being 'unable to produce what the sector desperately needs above all – adequate funding.'  In addition, charities which act as custodians of our historic ships and which conserve them for the future, such as the Cutty Sark Trust, will potentially benefit from his committee's advocacy of VAT relief on repairs to historic structures.

It is pleasing to be able to report that our nominee has reached the shortlist. The awards ceremony is on 1 December and we await the final choice with interest.

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Unfortunately our nominated Champion did not win.  The winning Heritage Champion was Alun Michael MP nominated by the Welsh National Opera. Icon’s nomination, John Whittingdale MP, was a runner up, together with Lorely Birt MP nominated by the Association of Gardens Trusts and Frank Field MP nominated by The Churches Conservation Trust.


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