MP keeps pressure on 2012 Olympic marathon route

EAST End MP Jim Fitzpatrick is set to quiz the government over the decision to re-route the 2012 Olympic marathon route away from Olympic host borough Tower Hamlets.

The MP for Poplar and Limehouse whose constituency includes the Isle of Dogs which features on the London marathon route every year said he wanted to know if the Department of Media Sport and Culture had been consulted about the controversial route change.

Politicians from every party have united in their opposition to the re-routing of the Olympic marathon away from Whitechapel Road and Mile End Road which had dubbed “High Street 2012” for the starring role it was expected to play in the major athletic event which will be seen by television viewers around the world.

Instead the marathon route begins and ends on The Mall.

Mr Fitzpatrick tabled a Written Question in the House of Commons yesterday and also hopes to catch the Deputy Speaker’s eye during culture and sport questions for a chance to quiz ministers in Parliament on Monday.