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Thursday, 10 May 2007

Brown Targets Jowell

Given the ongoing fiasco over the London 2102 Olympics budget (now standing at a whopping £12BN), and the impending coronation of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, it should come as no surprise to learn that the position of Tessa Jowell (who allegedly is in charge of the Olympics 2012) is under threat.

Brown is reportedly considering three options:

  • The 2012 Games would remain under the control of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), but with culture secretary and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and her sports minister, Richard Caborn, replaced after six years in the job.

  • Responsibility for the Olympics to be removed from the DCMS and placed in another Whitehall department, such as the Cabinet Office or Ruth Kelly's Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • DCMS to be broken up, and responsibility for the Olympics to be given to the Cabinet Office.

Whatever option Brown chooses, it would seem that Jowell will not be attending the 2012 Games in an official capacity.

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