Move the Brits, Man Booker and Turner Prize to Hull says MP

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GLITZY music ceremony the Brit Awards should be held in Hull rather than London, a shadow minister has urged.

Diana Johnson asked Culture Secretary Maria Miller to help take “great cultural prizes” to the East Yorkshire city in 2017 to coincide with its tenure as the UK City of Culture.

Ms Johnson included the Man Booker Prize, a literary award, and the Turner Prize for contemporary art alongside the Brits in her request.

Hull triumphed ahead of Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay and will succeed the 2013 winner Londonderry.

In 2013, the Brits was held at the O2 Arena in London and included performances from Muse, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Taylor Swift.

The Man Booker Prize was announced in London this year while the Turner Prize was held in Londonderry as part of its City of Culture success.

Mrs Miller was non-committal in her reply to the request from Ms Johnson.

The MP for Kingston upon Hull North asked Mrs Miller: “In line with the original thinking around the City of Culture status, can you help the city by making sure some of our great cultural prizes, such as the Turner Prize, the Booker Prize and the Brit Awards, come to Hull in 2017?”

The Culture Secretary replied: “The City of Culture programme is a great way to showcase our great cultural assets outside of London and around the country.

“I was delighted to meet so many of the people who were so critical in putting the whole bid together.”

Mrs Miller added: “I will do all that I can to make sure that for Hull being City of Culture in 2017 is as successful as it has been for Derry-Londonderry.”