- Tyne Tees
The North East author that penned Billy Elliot has accused Newcastle City Council of attacking the arts for working class people.
Lee Hall spoke out about cutbacks to services including libraries and theatres when he was back in the region to receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University.
The author said that the cuts would affect ordinary people the most.
The local authority say that their actions are a necessary response to slashed government budgets.
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