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ODA chief exec defends 2012 Games

Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins is set to defend the 2012 Games amid questioning of the economic and regeneration benefits that hosting the Games will bring.

Speaking at a conference hosted by the Major Products Association Mr Higgins will say: “The preparations to host the Games are already delivering a shot in the arm for UK plc at a time of need and the work we are doing to build the Olympic Park will be felt long after 2012.”

He added that nearly 3,000 new jobs have already been created at the East London site, with some one in ten workers having been previously unemployed.

Up to 9,000 staff will be needed on the Olympic Park at the peak of construction.