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Stadium Bids Dwindle on Cost

London's planned stadium for the 2012 Olympic Games has drawn fewer than four bids after cost overruns on similar projects deterred candidates from the £280 million ($525 million) contract

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Livingstone vs Caborn in stadium row

Mihir Bose, Telegraph.co.uk, 28/09/2006

The stadium in London's East End will have 80,000 seats for the Games, but most temporary seating will then be removed to leave a 25,000-seat facility for athletics.

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Tower Hamlets Council leader sees Beijing with blinkers on

Martin Slavin writes;

The East London Advertiser for September 28 2006 has an article titled ‘Peeking at Beijing’. It describes, by quoting the diary of Tower Hamlets Council leader Denise Jones, the four-day trip undertaken by a Council delegation to see the progress of the Olympics development programme for 2008.

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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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