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Tour de France funding

A delegation of Yorkshire MPs is meeting the Culture Secretary to plead for public support for the region’s hosting of the Tour De France

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Tour de France funding meeting

Leeds is home to the "Grand Depart" Credit: Calendar news

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.”

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