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Degree for Billy Elliot writer

Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for the film 'Billy Elliot', receives an honorary degree from Northumbria University.

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Lee Hall given honorary degree by Northumbria University

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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