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Organisers of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France were in turmoil when they were told that government funding may not be available. But tonight relief all round. In the last hour they've been handed £10 million. Chris Kiddey reports.
Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has spoken of his joy at the news that the Government has granted £10 million for next year's Grand Depart of the Tour de France.
The Government have now pledged 10 million pounds for the grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.
It comes after a delegation of MPs met with the Culture Secretary Maria Miller tonight to ask for a rethink when a request for funding was turned down.
The government's turned down an appeal for millions of pounds to help fund the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire next year. A delegation of MPs will meet with the Culture Secretary Maria Miller tonight to ask for a rethink. Chris Kiddey reports.
In a letter to the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, the Minister for Sport and Tourism says it is "with regret" that he has to raise a number of concerns about its proposal.
Hugh Robertston MP thanks Tom Riordan for sending him Welcome to Yorkshire's business plan for the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. He continues
In a handwritten footnote, he says:
"There is a real desire inside Government to get this right and get on with delivery. However we do not yet have confidence in the budget, which still seems very unsettled."
A DELEGATION of Yorkshire MPs will meet the Culture Secretary this morning to plead for public support for the region’s hosting of the Tour De France after the Government sensationally rejected its initial funding bid.
In a shock move, Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sports and Tourism, informed event organisers last night their request for several million pounds towards the cost of hosting the Tour’s Grand Départ has been turned down.
Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith will today lead a delegation of 15 Conservative MPs from the region to meet Culture Secretary Maria Miller to try to agree a funding package directly.
The MPs will press Ms Miller to provide up to £10m to ensure the Grand Départ is a success, and remain optimistic of agreeing a funding package.
Mr Smith said: “Yorkshire Conservative MPs have worked relentlessly over the past few months to secure a major funding commitment for ‘Le Tour’. I am confident we should have positive news very soon.”
A North Yorkshire MP has warned tomorrow "could be a rocky day" as organisers wait to find out whether they have secured funding to help Yorkshire host the Tour de France in 2014.
Julian Smith, who represents Skipton and Ripon, will meet Culture Secretary Maria Miller tomorrow to discuss the bid for cash.