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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Culture, media, sport

Manifesto tracker scorecard

Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

Manifesto tracker by theme

This section deals with culture, media and sport. This is a partly-devolved area: read more.


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Give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act

- Manifesto, page 23

  • Following opposition from the SNP and some Conservative MPs, in July 2015 the government dropped plans for a vote on amendments to the Hunting Act
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Stop children's exposure to harmful sexualised content online, by requiring age verification for access to all sites containing pornographic material and age rating for all music videos

- Manifesto, page 35

  • The government carried out a consultation on age verification for online pornography in February 2016, setting out proposals to "establish a new requirement in law for commercial providers to have in place robust age verification controls for online pornographic content in the UK" and to "legislate to establish a new regulatory framework, underpinned by civil sanctions". Measures are included in the Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 which is currently progressing through Parliament
  • In August 2015 the government announced that a pilot scheme to age rate all music videos appearing on YouTube and Vevo by artists signed to Sony Music UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK that are unsuitable for younger children (under 12s) would be made permanent
  • According to the government further work is underway with digital service providers to explore how parental controls could be applied to music videos

Keep our major national museums and galleries free to enter

- Manifesto, page 41

  • At the 2015 Spending Review the government said it would ensure continued free access by maintaining funding in cash terms for museums, galleries and the arts
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Strengthen Ofcom's role so that tough measures can be taken against channels that broadcast extremist content

- Manifesto, page 63

  • In May 2016 Ofcom published changes to the Broadcasting Code meaning material which contains hate speech, abusive or derogatory treatment of individuals, groups, religions or communities must not be included in TV or radio broadcasts except where justified by the context
  • Provisions that will strengthen Ofcom's ability to disrupt TV and radio channels providing access to extremist content are part of the Digital Economy Bill which is currently progressing through Parliament
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Support a Great Exhibition in the north

- Manifesto, page 41

  • In the 2015 Autumn Statement the chancellor announced an investment of £20m in the Great Exhibition of the north and its legacy fund
  • The government has run a competition to host the exhibition which is due to take place in summer 2018

Build a tunnel where the A303 passes closest to Stonehenge

- Manifesto, page 41

  • The A303 Stonehenge tunnel is at 'scoping stage'. Options will be identified to be taken for consultation by the end of March 2017

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