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Leeds Council back European Capital of Culture 2023 bid plans

Leeds City Council's Executive has recommended that the Council approve plans for the city to bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Leeds Civic Hall during a light show Credit: Press Association

The council has consulted with residents for over a year and 77 per cent of respondents said they would support a bid.

Councillors say the title would "make a positive and long lasting impact on communities and the lives of residents across the city".

There’s been a real buzz about the debate with diverse views on the impact a bid could have culturally, socially and economically for Leeds but the overwhelming response has been a positive one.This has given us the confidence that if Leeds were to put itself in the hat to bid, the support is there from a vast number of city partners, groups, organisations and residents who will all have a massive part to play to make this ambition of becoming the 2023 European Capital of Culture a reality.

– Cllr Lucinda Yeadon