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Grassroots Lottery cash siphoned off for 2012 Olympics,' claim

PUBLISHED: 13:25 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

OPPOSITION Respect councillors at Tower Hamlets are calling for a meeting with Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell over claims that £550 million Lottery money is being "siphoned away from grassroots sport" to pay for the two-week Games.

OPPOSITION Respect councillors at Tower Hamlets are calling for a meeting with Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell over claims that £550 million Lottery money is being “siphoned away from grassroots sport” to pay for the two-week Games.

They have tabled a question for the council’s December 17 meeting at the Town Hall, expressing concern that a Government report assesses there would be no economic or sporting benefits from the 2012 Games.

Respect group leader Abjol Miah is calling on Tower Hamlets’ Labour council leader to seek a meeting with the Olympics minister, following meetings MP George Galloway has arranged with her.

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