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Ian Austin MP

Shadow Work and Pensions Minister

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No 10 defends Olympic ticketing

Downing Street has insisted that London Olympic organisers did "everything they could" to ensure that the ticket allocation process was a "fair process". Shadow Sport Minister Ian Austin has questioned why the Government has bid for 9,000 tickets while millions of fans look set to miss out.

Locog chairman Lord Coe told BBC News: "We did an enormous amount of work, but I can nonetheless of course understand their intense disappointment.

"Those who haven't got any tickets on this application will be able to get back into the system, and we will work right the way through. There are still tickets to be had, people that didn't get tickets this time, will still have a chance of getting them, but nonetheless I do understand their disappointment."


Sports schools could lose specialist status

School children will no longer be guaranteed five hours of sport a week and sports schools could lose specialist status under government plans to cut spending, according to Labour. Shadow sports minister Ian Austin claims the government will cut almost £125m of funding for sport in schools.