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 u-turn: Government pledge £10m to Yorkshire

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.

“This fantastic news comes after months of hard work at Westminster and across Yorkshire from MPs. The investment will support Yorkshire in making sure we capitalise on the opportunities that come from having the world’s largest annual sporting event in our County.

“I will now be working closely with the Government and Yorkshire’s Tour de France team to ensure we have the structure and governance in place to deliver an outstanding event next year that showcases Yorkshire to the world.

“No-one can underestimate what having the Tour de France in Yorkshire means. There will be billions watching on television, millions on the streets and thousands of hotels, bed and breakfasts, shops, pubs, restaurants and other tourist destinations benefiting. We will also see investment in our roads and facilities along the route that will provide long-lasting positives for Yorkshire.

– Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon

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