Conservatives welcome Olympic shortlisting

Conservatives have welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to shortlist London as an official candidate to host the 2012 Games. The UK capital has been selected alongside Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow to go forward for the final selection vote next year.

Commenting, Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Julie Kirkbride said: "We are delighted that London has been shortlisted, and strongly believe that a London Olympic Games will bring huge benefits to this country in terms of investment, tourism, regeneration and most of all to British sport."

She added: "We will look forward to working with the Government and the British Olympic Association over the coming months in order to maximise the chances of its success next year."

But while Steve Norris, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, said he was delighted the capital had made the next stage, he urged the Blair government to ‘put their money where their mouth is', and promised that if elected, he would fight hard to win the bid, and spread the cost.

Mr Norris told "It is time for the Government to show it is serious about the Olympics. All we have had so far are warm words from Labour ministers but no actual money. The Olympics will benefit the whole country and it shouldn't be just Londoners who pay for it. Unlike Ken Livingstone, I won't be rolling over for Gordon Brown."


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