Deferred Divisions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:28 pm on 28th March 2007.

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Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport 6:28 pm, 28th March 2007

No, I will not.

Mr. Cameron, the Leader of the Opposition, chimed in:

"It was the right decision that it went to the north and actually is going to have a regeneration impact. I've nothing against Greenwich at all, but, after all London did get the Olympics, and so I think that Manchester or Blackpool probably made more sense."

[Hon. Members: "Or Blackpool."] Well, at least I give the full quotations: some people do not.

On the podcast from the Greater Manchester chamber of commerce, we come to the crème de la crème: the shadow Minister for Manchester. [Hon. Members: "Who is that?] It is Mr. Osborne, the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He said:

"There is clear evidence that it would bring in revenues and so on and could along with other things" regenerate the east end of Manchester. He went on to say:

"I am delighted that Manchester won the competition."

Several weeks ago, three senior Opposition Members welcomed everything in the report. What do they then do? They come back and predicate an argument on a Committee that met in the House of Lords for 16 hours.