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“We will resist implementation of the Artist’s Resale Right pending the re-examination of its impact on the British art market, and will oppose any further EU directives that threaten to challenge Britain’s pre-eminence in this field.”

They have also made a pledge to set up a £150m National Acquisitions Fund to pay for the purchase and conservation of works of art and other property of national importance.

The Lottery-funded pledge stands alongside another to keep admission to museums free.

David Barrie, Director of the National Art Collections Fund, the UK’s largest private arts charity, gave the fund pledge a cautious welcome.

“The idea of a National Acquisitions Fund is not as NAF as it sounds,” he said. “Whoever gets into No. 10 on May 6 must ensure that our museums are able to do their job properly – and that includes being able to add exciting and significant things to their collections. Otherwise they will gradually lose their vitality and their visitors.”