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1995 - Mr Major’s Doorstep on Commonwealth Games Success

Below is the text of Mr Major’s doorstep interview in Huntingdon, on 3rd November 1995, following the success of Manchester’s bid to hold the Commonwealth Games.


PRIME MINISTER:

I am absolutely delighted that Manchester have won and they certainly won on merit. They have been trying for a long time to get a major sporting event in Manchester and they thoroughly deserve this win.

Economically, this means long-term advantages for Manchester. All the publicity the city will get is bound to result in long-term gain.

QUESTION:

Will this result in Manchester getting the Olympics?

PRIME MINISTER:

I hope so. They tried very hard to get the Olympic Games and I tried to give them whatever support I could. Unfortunately, they were not successful despite having a well-constructed and very innovative bid.

I would very much like to see the Olympic Games take place in the UK, perhaps in Manchester.