Watchdog urged to investigate ยฃ120m 'waste of money'

The chair of an influential parliamentary committee in UK has called for an investigation into an arts festival that has cost taxpayers £120m.

Unboxed was announced in 2018 by then Prime Minister Theresa May and was soon dubbed the Festival of Brexit.

In a letter to the National Audit Office (NAO), Conservative MP Julian Knight called it an 'excessive waste of money during a cost of living crisis'.

But Unboxed chief Martin Green said it was 'absolutely value for money'.

Unboxed is an ongoing project that describes itself as a 'once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity across the UK'.