TOTTENHAM’S bid to move into the Olympic Stadium has received a double boost after Prime Minister David Cameron and the Premier League refused to stand in the way of the controversial plan.
Cameron (right) declined when asked by David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, to sign a petition demanding Spurs ditch proposals to move from their north London home to the East End. Responding to Lammy’s challenge in yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, he joked, with reference to England’s failed World Cup bid: “I think my recent experience has taught me to stay out of international football management. I think I’ll let them [Spurs] make the decision but it is true to say that at the Olympic site has a fantastic stadium.”
Tottenham are vying with West Ham to be the preferred bidder by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, which is set to make a decision early next year. The deadline for contracts to be signed is in late March.
The Premier League, meanwhile, has advised both clubs they have no objections to the move. Tottenham are also considering building a new £450m stadium next to White Hart Lane, but have been deterred by rising costs and a lack of public money.
Cameron’s move came as a group of athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes, signed an open letter urging authorities to ensure the Olympic Stadium’s running track is retained, whoever moves in after the Games.