Shadow Arts Minister Ed Vaizey reveals much in exclusive interview

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Ed Vaizey is the Conservative Shadow Arts Minister. In an exclusive interview for he discusses some of what the Conservatives would do differently, and why

Ed Vaizey is the Shadow Arts Minister and within 6 months could be the politician in charge of British arts. In this exclusive and wide ranging interview for he covers much about how a new Conservative government will deal with the arts and what his personal attitudes and beliefs are.

Vaizey promises more money for art from the lottery: "We will redistribute money that the Big Lottery Fund is currently giving to Ministerial pet projects back to the good causes of the arts, heritage and sport. On today‚Äôs figures, that represents an annual increase of £53 million for each of the good causes. The proportion of the Lottery that they will receive will rise from the current 16.6% to 20%."

He talks about his own art background and upbringing. His mother, Marina Vaizey, is a well known art historian: "The arts were very much part of family life. At a young age I got taken to galleries and performances, and the house was full of art and books. So in a sense it is in my DNA but I don't come near my mother's knowledge and expertise."

And of course the famous 3 hour lunch with Tracy Emin gets a mention: "I hope it is a good thing that I try to make time to spend with some of our leading artists, as well as the arts administrators, museum directors and chief executives that stand behind them. I genuinely love my job and I consider it to be an amazing privilege that I get to spend time with artists, from the very well known to those just starting out."

These are just snippets from the full interview, which can be found at

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