Jowell warns Hunt over 2012 budget
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Friday 14 May 2010
Tessa Jowell, the former Olympics minister, has cautioned her successor over making any cuts to the budget for the London Games, a tone echoed by the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media, the Olympics and Sport, said that there would have to be cuts made within his department and that "Olympic money is not protected." Jowell said: "The Tories should be very careful about destabilizing the Olympic budget. Reducing the available contingency could well lead to short term savings, but greater costs in the long term."
A statement from the Mayor's office said: "It would be a mistake to take too much out of the budget, only to be forced to put more back in closer to the games."
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