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LONDON ASSEMBLY members have unanimously praised the efforts of all involved in organising and operating the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for delivering an outstanding success.

Volunteers, athletes and spectators are praised in a motion passed at today’s Assembly meeting. The motion goes on to urge the mayor to capitalise on the success to ensure that the Games have a lasting legacy in sport, volunteering and revitalising East London.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

Murad Qureshi, who proposed the amended motion, said: “There are so many people who helped make London 2012 an outstanding success that naming them all risks sounding like the worst kind of Oscar acceptance speech. From the formation of the bid to the last hurrah of Monday’s victory parade, tens of thousands of unsung heroes have put in millions of hours of work to deliver the platform for the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.

"We owe them as well as our amazing athletes both a debt of gratitude and a pledge that we will ensure the promised legacies of the Games are delivered.”

Jenny Jones, who proposed a successful amendment to the motion, added: “I was sceptical about bringing the five ringed circus to London but I am delighted to admit how much I enjoyed our great city hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, they were tremendous fun and at times spiritually uplifting. Our job now as Assembly members is to ensure that London has concrete benefits from the games that last even longer than the memories of one fantastic summer.”

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