Culture Secretary visiting Salisbury

Jeremy Wright Culture Secretary Official Portrait

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:34am 11th October 2018. (Updated at 1:01pm 11th October 2018)

Jeremy Wright is the latest Government figure to show support for our city in the wake of the nerve agent incidents.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has organised today's visit (Thursday October 11th) to find out more about how Salisbury's cultural offerings are helping the city's recovery.

He's been meeting with representatives from Wiltshire Council, Visit Wiltshire and Wiltshire Creative - the organisation that brings together Salisbury Playhouse, the Arts Centre and the International Arts Festival.

Jeremy Wright Culture Secretary Salisbury Playhouse October 2018
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright MP has been meeting with local council leaders and local leisure and tourism bosses during his visit to Salisbury Playhouse

The Culture Secretary's also visiting Salisbury Cathedral and the city's Museum, as well as Fisherton Mill and Salisbury Library.

He's also going to local charity Alabare, to meet volunteers working on the supported housing project.


The Secretary of State has been learning about the support needed from the Government to help Salisbury with its long-term recovery: 


A number of high profile figures from Westminster have been to South Wiltshire since the nerve agent attacks earlier this year.

In addition to the Prime Minister Theresa May, there's been visits from current and former Home Secretaries Sajid Javid and Amber Rudd; Environment Secretary Michael Gove; Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister James Brokenshire and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis.

Government Visits Salisbury 2018

Clockwise from top left: James Brokenshire, Sajid Javid, Theresa May and Amber Rudd


So far, £5 million of Government support has been pledged for Salisbury and Amesbury to cover the impact of the novichok poisonings.

There's also been £6.6 million pounds given to the office of Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson towards the additional costs of the policing element of the incidents.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has told Spire FM that there's a chance that there could be more support coming Salisbury's way: 

"I would want to see what the best way for Central Government to help might be. I can't come here with a blank cheque. But I think it's right for me to come and listen to some of the proposals (for long term recovery), and where help's required, we will consider it as sympathetically as we can."

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