Tessa Jowell you deserve the title -Britain’s Greatest Culture and Sports’ Minister. Without you Britain may never have made the bid for the Olympic Games. Ministers before you have either never put forward the bid, or have failed.
It was you who brought the government of Tony Blair on board before the bid for the Olympic Games was ever made. When interviewed you said that without the support of a government no country can host the Games. You spent every day for the past seven or ten years working on the bid for the Games, and on the success of the Games itself.
Your contribution to the London 2012 Olympic Games has not been recognised. When David Beckham was not selected to play for the Team GB, I was shocked. I was astounded to hear Ken Livingstone say that he did not have a ticket to the opening ceremony. When people were being interviewed about the success of the Olympics I heard not one word of acknowledgement to you.
So, on behalf of the world who watched from their homes, the visitors who came to this country, the people of this country, the teams from around the world, Team GB, the contractors who were given work building, catering, etc. I would like to thank you for your contribution to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.