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Prime Minister faces questions over appointment of Head of Sport England

A row over the decision not to give Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson a top sports job reached Parliament today - with accusations that the decision had been a "political stitch-up."

The former Paralympic gold medalist from Redcar was overlooked for the role of Head of Sport England.

The job was instead awarded to Nick Bitel, the man who runs the London marathon.

Senior Labour MPs have suggested that she missed out on the job after her high profile criticism of disability benefit cuts.

Baroness Thompson said she was "disappointed" not to get the job, but she refused to be drawn into a political row.

The Prime Minister, however, could not avoid the subject in Parliament today.

Disability sports funding awarded to Tyneside council

Disabled people will get the chance to take part in a variety of sports after funding was awarded to North Tyneside Council.

A three-year programme will be run allowing people with disabilities to take part in sports including archery, athletics, cycling, sailing, swimming and trampolining.

The project will go ahead after the council secured money from Sport England's Inclusive Sport Fund, which aims to increase the number of disabled people who are participating in sport.

Anyone with an interest in disability sport is invited to attend a free launch event on April 18 between 1pm and 4pm at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields.

Activities will be on offer at the event and the Sport North Tyneside team will be on hand to offer advice and support.