The North East playwright who wrote Billy Elliot launched a scathing attack on cuts in arts funding by Newcastle City Council as he received an honorary degree at Northumbria University.
Lee Hall used the occasion to again accuse the council of attacking art for ordinary people.
Council bosses say they are responding to budget cuts from the government.
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