Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
October 17, 2001
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I will come back to the issue of Crystal Palace; I am grateful to Graham Tope for raising it. Is this an unfair interpretation of what happened immediately after the announcement about Picketts Lock, and I am misunderstanding your tactics? You had made very positive comments about the prospects for Crystal Palace if Picketts Lock fell through. However, you did not push Crystal Palace very hard after the announcement was made. Did you feel it was a lost cause to push Crystal Palace? Did you feel that you had to cut your losses and concentrate on trying to save Wembley?

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Answer for Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Major Sporting Events (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Our top priority is to save Wembley. If we could have only one of the stadiums, it was Wembley that we would have preferred. But it was quite clear to me from the clash of personalities involved and the poisonous atmosphere that there was not the slightest chance of any further bid being entertained from anywhere inside the United Kingdom by the International Committee. That was made pretty clear by the fiasco at the airport, frankly.