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Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party said in response to England's World Cup bid defeat:

“I would like to commend the whole of the bid team for all their hard work and dedication. Along with millions of others I am deeply disappointed we did not win. I am sure the World Cup will be back here again.”

Ivan Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Sport, is calling for an independent root and branch inquiry following England’s failed World Cup bid.

Ivan Lewis said:

"Despite the impressive efforts of Team England, supporters will be bitterly disappointed at England’s failure to land the 2018 World Cup. This follows on from the England team’s poor performance in South Africa. Serious questions have to be answered as to how we can learn lessons from these significant setbacks to build a better future. The Coalition and the football authorities should now set up an independent root and branch inquiry into all aspects of how our national game is run." 

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