News: ENB dancer in political row

Tuesday 2 January 2007

The English National Ballet are facing calls to sack one of their principal dancers, Simone Clarke, after she defended her support for the British National party in an interview. Clarke has defied criticism and vows to stay a member of the party.

“The company, which is publicly funded and is therefore obliged by the Race Relations Act of 2000 to promote good race relations, will be asked to explain how one of its highest profile employees was able to use her position as a platform for the far right party.”
“Her views and policies espoused by the BNP appear to conflict with equality policies that operate in the company itself and those laid down by Arts Council England, which subsidises the ENB to the tune of £6m a year.”

Read the full article, Hugh Muir, Guardian, 1 Jan.07

Related articles:
Ian Cobain, Guardian, 22 Dec.06
Jack Malvern, Times, 22 Dec.06
Tim Hall, Telegraph, 22 Dec.06

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