Sir Paul McCartney has criticised the UK government after his Liverpool art school had its funding slashed.

Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts, which was co-founded by the former Beatle, has reportedly had £16 million cut from its funding. McCartney said a “series of errors, made in 2016, cost the institute in potential funding and a further £160,000 for the initial steps of a judicial review.”

Furious about the news, McCartney added: “I helped to bring LIPA into life during very difficult times for Liverpool. It is now a highly respected institution all over the world.”

He added: “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.”

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