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ODA renege on Minimum Wage deal

Protesters last night picketed a London event in a row over what they claimed was the Olympic Delivery Authority's refusal to guarantee a wage deal.


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New Labour's underfunded incompetence

Ellie Levinson, Guardian Unlimited, 27 9 06

I wasn't there, but I'm told that the reason the Millennium Dome was so roundly criticised in the press is that a bureaucratic cock-up left journalists stranded at Stratford, East London, with nothing but a plastic cup of warm white wine on new year's eve 1999.

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Newham house prices forecast to rise 43% in five years

John Husband, Mirror Money, 27 9 06

Prices in Newham in East London are set to take off by 43 per cent as the 2012 London Olympics draw closer.

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Landlords sell to avoid property licences

Landlords with houses in multi-occupation (HMO) are selling up to avoid the new licensing arrangements introduced by the UK Government in April 2006.

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Eurostar cutbacks deliver blow to Ashford

Eurostar is set to close down its operations at Ashford in Kent and delay the launch of services from its new station at Stratford, adjacent to the London Olympic site, for at least two years as part of a sweeping cost-cutting plan.

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Barnet couple vow to go to prison over Olympic tax

An elderly couple from Barnet say they would rather go to jail than pay the part of their council tax used to fund the 2012 Olympics.

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Greenwich Council’s business plan

News Shopper 17th September 2006

Greenwich Council has joined forces with four other Olympic boroughs in a £50m bid to encourage business growth in their areas.

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O'Rourke's £1m gift

An Irish building magnate has won the £100million contract to run London's Olympic building programme - after making a secret donation to Tony Blair's 2012 bid team.

Reclusive Ray O'Rourke gave the 'confidential' sum as the Prime Minister spearheaded the drive to secure the Olympics for Britain. Now a consortium led by his firm Laing O'Rourke has beaten some of the world's top construction companies to win the six-year Government deal. Laing O'Rourke won the Olympic contract as the leading member of the CLM consortium which also involved another British builder, Mace, and American group CH2M HILL. An industry source said: "There was much surprise that Bechtel, which has the most experience worldwide in this sort of thing, did not win. But then it has long been rumoured that O'Rourke made a substantial sum to the bid."


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