The Beatles icon Sir Paul McCartney has reacted to the UK government taking away £16 million in funding away from his Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in a new statement.
“I helped to bring LIPA into life during very difficult times for Liverpool. It is now a highly respected institution all over the world.
Our funding was recently affected by what to me, and the heads of every university in Liverpool, was a flawed process.
LIPA is my passion and part of my legacy. It would not be fair to allow injustice to affect its future. I sincerely hope the Government will correct this error and help us to continue our work successfully into the future.”
An Office for Students spokesperson admitted the process but didn’t want to comment any further, saying:
“The OfS is cooperating with the Ombudsman’s ongoing investigation into decisions made by HEFCE which pre-date the creation of the OfS.
This is a live investigation and it would not be appropriate to comment any further.”
Billie Eilish recently told Ellen about the time she met Paul McCartney over the phone, she said: “I was in a meeting with Stella McCartney and she FaceTimed her dad, who is Paul McCartney! My mom cried, my dad cried.”
Offering another “unreal” moment from her career so far, Eilish revealed that Spice Girls‘ Mel C once attended one of her shows.
“In London, Sporty Spice came backstage,” she said. “When I was growing up, we would watch Spice World. I watched that movie, like, 40 times.”