Dramatic result for Le Tour funds bid

Le Tour Yorkshire - the Grand Depart is coming to Yorkshire in 2014 (S)
Le Tour Yorkshire - the Grand Depart is coming to Yorkshire in 2014 (S)

The Government has pledged £10million of funding for the Yorkshire leg of Grand Départ 2014 after a dramatic U-turn on funding for the 2014 events.

The pledge came after a day which saw the county’s bid for funds first rejected and then accepted just 24 hours later.

Minister for Sports and Tourism Hugh Robertson made a shock announcement on Tuesday, March 19 that the Government was turning down Yorkshire’s request for several million pounds of funding towards the event, despite support for the request from senior Government figures including Nick Clegg.

But just a day later a delegation of Yorkshire Conservative MPs, lead by Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith, held crunch talks with Culture Secretary Maria Miller to make a further plea for the funds.

The crisis meeting was succesful, and at 5pm, Mr Smith tweeted: “Over the moon that @letouryorkshire will be supported by up to 10M by government @Conservatives - many hours work paid off!”

Minutes later he added: “£10m investment from Government in @letouryorkshire will help bring £100m into our economy, 3m visitors and make 1m people healthier.”