MPs accept free Olympics tickets
Jul 12 2012
A group of MPs has accepted free tickets to one of most in-demand events of the Olympic games, sponsor BT has confirmed.
The telecoms giant invited members of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which has scrutinised the running of the games, to the men's 100m final.
Four MPs have accepted the tickets, worth £420 each, including committee chairman John Whittingdale. The MPs will not receive hospitality and will attend a briefing at BT Tower first about the company's involvement in the games.
Mr Whittingdale told the Daily Mail: "BT are having a briefing on their involvement in the Olympics. My committee has spent five years having regular sessions on the preparations for the Olympics. It's not terribly surprising that we might have wanted to go and have a look.
"This is not the first time I've been to events with BT or companies that operate in the area that we scrutinise. But they are a major sponsor of the Olympics and have put a huge amount of money into the Games. It would be utterly extraordinary if we didn't take a look at the Games. I don't see that this compromises the committee at all."
Conservative Philip Davies told the newspaper: "Somebody invited us to go along. We've been scrutinising the Olympics for ages. I don't see why we shouldn't go along and have a look at the Games."
Select Committee member Louise Mensch said she was offered tickets but decided not to go because she was "not massively interested in the briefing to which the tickets were attached".
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