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MPs given chance to object to government's Commonwealth Games backing

MPs are given the chance to object the governments Commonwealth Games backing Credit: Birmingham City Council

MPs have been given until the 31st October to raise any questions regarding the government's backing of Birmingham's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.

On Friday, the Commonwealth Games Federation extended the deadline for submitted bids to host the games to November 30th after Birmingham emerged as the only city to bid.

The cost of holding the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city is expected to be between £600 million and £750 million, although no official figure has been given.

The Government has agreed to fund 75% of the cost. That could mean at least £450 million.

But Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has now invited MPs and members of the House of Lords to tell her whether they object to spending the money.

In a written statement to the House of Commons, she says

Parliamentarians may signify objections by giving notice of a Parliamentary Question or by otherwise raising the matter in parliament by 31 October.

Final approval to proceed with incurring the liability will be withheld pending an examination of the objection."

– Karen Bradley's statement to the House of Commons

Mrs Bradley has also reaffirmed the government's backing of Birmingham's bid.

Birmingham’s bid presents an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the very best of Global Britain to the world, showcasing the UK as a destination for international trade, education and tourism. It has the full backing of government and will not only help grow the economy in the West Midlands and beyond, it would also leave a strong sports legacy by upgrading facilities to benefit both elite athletes and the local community.

– Karen Bradley's statement to the House of Commons