Making the Most of the Olympics

This summer London will host the greatest show on earth and the eyes of the world will be fixed on us. But the Olympics must be more than a 29 day sporting extravaganza. I am working to ensure that the regenerative power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is maximised. I have brought under control the spiralling budget I inherited and found savings so the taxpayer gets value for money.

These Games will leave a lasting legacy not only of thousands of new jobs and homes and amazing transport infrastructure but also, for the first time, a sustained increase in sports participation arising from them. 

Since 2008 I have:

  • Used my position on the Olympic Board to keep costs down so Londoners paying Band D Council Tax would not have to contribute more than 38p a week
  • Saved tens of millions of pounds in the Olympic budget by persuading the Olympic Board to use pre-existing facilities at Wembley for some events rather than building new venues
  • Founded the Olympic Park Legacy Company to ensure that the Games leave a  positive legacy for generations, including 10,000 new jobs and 8-10,000 new homes
  • Secured a deal with the Organising Committee that will give 1 in 8 London schoolchildren a free ticket to enjoy the Games up close and personally
  • Realised my vision of a world famous, lasting landmark to be built in the Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit will give the best views over our city from the 115m high viewing platform.
  • Created the London Ambassadors programme which has seen 34,000 people sign up to share their love of London with the millions of visitors coming for the Olympics.
  • Funded £15.5million to increase participation in grassroots sports in the run up to the Olympics
  • Launched the Freesports programme, helping 250 small clubs and community groups per year to fund sports coaching
  • Delivered two mobile swimming pools, which have already visited six boroughs

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