Paul Rowen (Rochdale) and I attended an event to support the London Olympic Bid. Notwithstanding the lack of support for Birmingham's Bid or Manchester's bid we supported the principle in terms of supporting the UK as a whole. London should reciproicate at a later stage.
Part of the process involved meeting up with Jonathan Edwards
Just days before Olympic gold triple jumper Jonathan Edwards flies to Singapore as part of the London 2012 delegation hoping to bring the Olympic Games back to Britain for the first time in 64 years, John Hemming MP has added his/her support to the 2012 campaign.
John Hemming MP said "If the IOC awards London the Games on 6 July, it will be a fantastic day for the whole of the UK. Hosting the Olympics is a great honour and will bring real benefits up and down the country.
"Over 1 million pieces of sports equipment used during the Olympics would be passed onto sports clubs and charities after the Games end - as will five temporary swimming pools and four arenas. There will be the chance to host athlete preparation camps months ahead of the actual event. Tourism will get a boost and UK companies will be able to compete for a whole range of contracts.
"But probably most important of all, it will provide a unique inspiration for children to get much more involved in sport and physical activity."
"In Birmingham we have supported London's bid for the Olympics and would hope that this would be reciproicated in future support from London for Birmingham."
Jonathan Edwards said "I've been fortunate to have competed in four Olympic Games and it is an amazing experience. I won my Gold at the Sydney 2000 Games but for any athlete, the chance to reach the very top and win on home soil is the ultimate dream.
"London has a great bid and has a very real chance of winning on 6 July. If we do, it will be the greatest day for sport our country has ever seen."
Note to editors:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Singapore on 6 July to vote for the Host City for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The decision will be broadcast live on the BBC with a decision due at approximately 12.45pm on 6 July.
London is competing against Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris
I suppose it is useful meeting a triple jumper as some have said we should face the high jump for our EDM 318 which we think is entirely in accordance with party principles (talking about a decentralised Europe).