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BIRMINGHAM ACCUSED OF LACK OF FORESIGHT IN DROPPED COMMONWEALTH BID

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Former Minister for Sport Lord Howell yesterday criticised Birmingham City Council for abandoning plans to bid for ...
Former Minister for Sport Lord Howell yesterday criticised Birmingham City Council for abandoning plans to bid for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and described the decision as 'lacking in foresight', the Birmingham Post reports (p3).

Lord Howell, MP for Birmingham Small Heath until 1992 said the city had turned its back on the bid just as the prospect grew for extra government funding for sporting activities.

Council leader Theresa Stewart said no bid would be made because the council needed to concentrate on basic services like education and housing and submitting the bid would cost an estimated £1.5 million.
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