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Labour call for publication of Irons secret deal

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OSIn a House of Commons debate about the 2012 London Olympic Legacy this afternoon, Labour shadow minister Chris Bryant called for details of West Ham’s deal for the Olympic Stadium to be made public.

“The cost of transforming the venue into a stadium ready for football has reached £272 million: £15 million coming from West Ham, £1 million from UK Athletics, £40 million from Newham Council and £25 million from the Government. The overall spend on the venue will now top £700 million for the 54,000 seat arena—considerably more expensive per spectator than the £798 million lavished on the 90,000 capacity Wembley stadium. The project is now over budget by about £35 million, which comes close to the total cost of converting the City of Manchester stadium after the 2002 Commonwealth games. This has the feel, frankly, of a fiasco cooked up somewhere between the Mayor’s office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Treasury, which is why, in the interests of transparency, I urge the Government to publish the full details of West Ham’s secret deal as a matter of urgency” said Bryant to fellow MP’s.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and newly elected MP replied:

“It was indeed a mess cooked up between the Mayor, the Treasury and DCMS: it was the Labour Mayor, the Treasury under Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown who decided to go ahead with a stadium that was completely unsuitable for the purpose. Will the hon. Gentleman have the decency to admit this single fact?”

The full transcript can be found at  http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-commons-debates/read/unknown/782/

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball,

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  • Dangermouses Bros says:

    All goes over my head!! I just watch football,leave the politics to the experts!!

  • bubs says:

    Our we bovered
    Mr Hearn has someone from the Labour Party in his pocket
    That means a looser Hearn only has another Looser as a mate,so what do you call a pair of bookends ?
    Wallace and Gromit

  • Quickdraw Slaven a party says:

    I *******ing hate Boris but (and this hurts) he is right it was under labour this plan started and us getting the stadium was a get out plan,as costly as it is football and therefore WH was the only way forward.
    Bryant used to be pretty honest for a MP but I'd check his post for E10 postmarks unless Barry's got something on him lol

  • SoupPlate says:

    Bizarre. Would have thought Labour were the last people to want this exposed!

    Yes the Tory ‘Lord’ Seb Coe was most to blame, but Jowell and Livingstone were also complicit..

  • HungryHammer66 says:

    Lets just hope with our previous form in legal matters and us being us, we dont get shafted !

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