The Live Music Forum

Hamish Birchall Bulletin


Monday 8th May 2006 - Purnell escapes licensing

James Purnell, formerly licensing minister at DCMS, has been appointed Minister for Pension Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions:

John Hutton, Secretary of State at the DWP, welcomed Purnell and cited his 'great track record in government'.

Purnell was licensing minister for just short of a year (appointed 11 May 2005; departed 06 May 2006). On 29 June 2005, he said on BBC Radio 4 Today:

' ... I am very happy to come back in a year and discuss whether live music has improved or not.'

He may now be very happy that this will not happen. It is not yet clear who replaces Purnell at DCMS.

Hamish Birchall