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Government urged to sprint on with Brum's Games bid

Government urged to sprint on with Brum's Games bid

West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver is pressing the Government to bid for Birmingham to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

His plea follows the announcement that Midlands’ capital has beaten Liverpool in the race to hold the prestigious event.

But the Government still has to decide whether to make a formal bid to host the Games and whether it would represent value for money for taxpayers.

Mr Carver, who has offices in Kidderminster, said: “Birmingham is ideally located with a good infrastructure and already boasts world-beating facilities.

“The Games would be a huge boost to the economy of the whole region and would also provide a great opportunity to show off British business alongside a world class sporting occasion.

“What better way to build on the Commonwealth network and show Britain is open for business after Brexit?”

The Government is due to decide in November and if it does go ahead with the bid, Birmingham is expected to face competition from Kuala Lumpur as well as cities in Australia and Canada.

Mr Carver is writing to sports minister Tracey Crouch, saying that with 95 per cent of the venues already in place, the Games would bring in much-needed income and kudos to the city and wider region and represent "excellent" for money.

 

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