The government's culture minister Ed Vaizey has pledged that the threatened National Media Museum will not close. He conceded that a campaign by Bradford's MPs and a grassroots one has made closure 'politically impossible'.
The commitment came this afternoon in a meeting in the House of Commons with Bradford MPs. 'This is a triumph for public opinion and for democracy,' said Bradford West MP George Galloway. 'It shows that if you fight you aren't guaranteed to win but if you don't fight you are guaranteed to lose. The public campaign has proved that. What a campaign and what a result.'
'The minister said, "tell the people of Bradford the museum is safe",' Galloway added. 'There will still be haggling, I'm sure, over the modalities, between the government, the local authority and the Science MuseumGroup about who pays for what and what the museum's focus should be.' Visitors to the museum, he said, have halved over the last decade.