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Blow for Leeds in European Capital of Culture bid

Leeds has suffered a blow in its bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023 after the European Commission said that a UK city cannot hold the title.

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Last month Leeds City Council submitted its bid and outlined plans for a year long programme of events.

However it is believed that the European Commission has written to the government saying the applications from all UK cities will not be considered.

A decision had been expected next week.

The team behind the Leeds bid has said it is seeking clarification from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).