Tessa Jowell MP, Labour's Shadow Olympics Minister, said in response to the news that the West Ham-Newham bid will be invited to become the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium:
“I am delighted by the confirmation that the Olympic Park Legacy Company will invite the joint West Ham-Newham bid to become the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.
“The UK needs an athletics stadium capable of hosting world class events, but also that honours the commitment to the people of East London that it would be their stadium too.
“West Ham’s bid best captures the heart and spirit of the bid that we made for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It meets the promises that we made in Singapore, and best fulfils the criteria that the Olympic Park Legacy Company have set out for a successful bid.”