Minister criticises ‘snowflake’ artists who opposed arms firm sponsorship

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Jake Berry reacts after BAE Systems withdraws as partner of Great Exhibition of the North

  • Frances Perraudin
  • The Guardian

The government minister responsible for the “northern powerhouse” has described campaigners who forced the arms firm BAE Systems to withdraw as a sponsor of a flagship arts festival in north-east England as “subsidy-addicted artists” and “snowflakes”.

Para 2bThe Great Exhibition of the North, which will run from 22 June to 9 September in Gateshead and Newcastle, is being funded by £5m from the government’s northern powerhouse fund, with a further £7.5m to…

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