Mayor's Report Update & Questions

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions

Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think the most immediate concern is the campaign, largely orchestrated by Gerald Kaufman, to try and damage our prospects of seeing the rebuilding of the national stadium at Wembley. All that has been given from his Committee to the press in this last week, none of it is new. It relates to matters that were dealt with and resolved months ago and in some cases over a year ago. They relate to the problems overwhelmingly that were associated with the development of Wembley under Ken Bates, matters we debated ad nauseam and are now in the past.

All the public sector funding, all the support of the local planning authority is in place. The only issue we are simply waiting for is that the banks lock into place the network of their funding, which we're confident that they can do. Of course, the only worry would be if there's a stream of bad publicity that would undermine the confidence of the banks, but I assume you don't get to the top of a bank if you automatically believe what you see in the newspapers without checking it out. So whilst we're going to see more lurid publicity, no doubt, about the Ken Bates period, this hasn't been relevant for months. A lot of people across parties have worked to put this in place and I just urge the press not to be used for a narrow regional interest.