Suffolk: Has your MP got tickets for the Olympic Games?
MPs in the county have today declared their hand about what Olympic Games events they are attending.
The majority said they will be supporting the British team from their own homes. One member of parliament who is attending some London 2012 events is Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey.
Dr Coffey, a member of the Culture and Media Select Committee, has bought her own tickets, has also been invited by sponsors to events and will be representing the government as an ambassador at the Games.
She has bought tickets for sailing, pentathlon, and the football. She has also been offered tickets by BT for the 100 metres men’s final, worth hundreds of pounds, and has accepted them.
Dr Coffey said: “I’m going to various events at the Olympics; a mixture of personal tickets, a ticket from a sponsor and tickets via my role as a government ambassador. I will also be hosting dignitaries at the Olympic Park and have attended Cultural Olympiad events too.”
As a specially chosen ambassador for the Games, she will also be hosting visitors and representatives going to the events.
MP for Ipswich Ben Gummer, Dan Poulter MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Peter Aldous for Waveney, Tim Yeo for South Suffolk and David Ruffley for Bury St Edmunds, have all stated that they will not be attending any Olympic events.
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Mr Gummer said: “I will be watching it on the TV like everyone else. Like most other people, I was unlucky in getting any tickets.”
Dr Poulter said: “I will be supporting Team GB from my armchair at home in Suffolk.”
Mr Ruffley added: “I didn’t apply for tickets because I didn’t think I would get any as the odds were remote.
“I haven’t been offered any tickets and even if I had, I wouldn’t have accepted them. I will be doing what most of my constituents are – watching selected events on the television.”
The Star was not able to make contact with Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk.