Coe urges Olympic legacy consensus

Lord Sebastian Coe watches the last night of the athletics in the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, during the Paralympic Games in London.
Lord Sebastian Coe watches the last night of the athletics in the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, during the Paralympic Games in London. Credit: PA

The Olympic legacy has to be kept safe from party politics, London 2012 supremo Lord Coe said during a celebration of the Games at Labour's party conference.

The Tory peer was given a warm reception by the Labour crowd as athletes, torch bearers and volunteer Games Makers took centre stage.

Lord Coe said the legacy had to be "looked at in a consensual way" as he praised the way the Olympics had not become a "party political property".

But the cross-party consensus was broken as Labour's former culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell and the PE teacher who mentored double gold medallist Mo Farah attacked the Government's "dismantling" of school sports.

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