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Glasgow 2014 games funding call

Scotland’s deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for the return of £150M of lottery cash which she claims was diverted from funding the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to support the London Olympics.

Setting out the Scottish government’s commitment to the Commonwealth Games, Sturgeon said Scotland is meeting 80% of the costs of staging the event - including an array of new construction projects.

The MSP for Glasgow Govan was on the election campaign trail in the Glasgow East constituency along with Nationalist candidate John Mason.

Sturgeon said: “Just as our athletes are working hard to be Scotland’s champions at the Commonwealth games, so SNP candidates across the country are campaigning to become local and national champions for Scotland’s communities.

“In the next parliament, SNP MPs will lead efforts to inspire a new generation of Scottish champions.

“Meanwhile the Scottish Government is funding 80% of the Commonwealth Games and related construction, which - alongside infrastructure improvements and new housing for athletes - is providing much-needed employment in Glasgow through this recession.”

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