London wins 2012 Olympic race

Conservative leaders have hailed the UK's Olympic bid victory and praised the key role played by former athlete Lord Sebastian Coe in bringing the 2012 Games to London. Moments after the decision was announced by the International Olympic Committee in Singapore, Party Leader Michael Howard expressed his delight.

Having backed the bid from the outset, Mr Howard declared: "This is wonderful news. I am absolutely delighted. I congratulate Seb Coe and all of his team on the magnificent campaign they ran."

And Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Theresa May commented: "We congratulate Seb Coe and his team for the marvellous job they have done in securing the Olympics. The bid they put together is superb, and they can be proud of what they have done for London."

Promising to work closely with the management team to ensure that London 2012 is the finest sporting event the world has ever seen, Mrs May told "The Olympics has the possibility to showcase the best that Britain has to offer, as well as regenerating a large part of London."

She also added: "We want to ensure that there is a lasting legacy from this Olympic bid, in terms of sporting facilities, infrastructure and transport links. However, we must ensure that staging the Olympics provides value for money for Britain's taxpayers."



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