James Brokenshire has said that security preparations for the London Olympic Games remain on track as the countdown to the opening ceremony of “the Greatest Sporting Show on Earth” enters its final 6 months.
Delivering a keynote address to an audience of security experts and international media at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall, the Minister for Security said that whilst the detailed preparations had entered their final phase, the Government and all other agencies continued to be vigilant and that the approach remained risk based and intelligence led.
Commenting James said:
“We are all aware of London’s reputation as a global centre for trade and tourism. It is the iconic status of this city that attracted Games organisers to choose London as the host city on the 6th of July 2005.
“The security around the games must therefore be robust and comprehensive to manage the various threats to the game’s security. It must not eclipse the Games, nor detract from the enjoyment of the Games. However, as a Government, our first priority is always to ensure that the country remains safe and secure.”
Showcasing British Business
James highlighted how the Olympics would provide a unique opportunity to showcase the strengths and expertise of British businesses on a global stage noting that the Olympics were expected to generate at least £1 billion for British businesses.
“An opportunity like 2012 is unlikely to come around again in most people’s lifetime.” James said.
“We will never have a better chance to showcase everything that’s good about this country. We must grasp the opportunity to get the most out of the Games for Britain – sport, business, tourism, international reputation, pride.”
Preparations on track
On a personal note, James said that whilst everyone involved in the delivery of a safe and secure Olympics recognised the responsibilities and the challenges it was something quite special to be closely engaged in such a unique event.
“It’s a real privilege and an honour to be part of what is the greatest sporting show on earth.” James added.
“Preparations are on track and on budget, but we cannot and will not be complacent. We will leave nothing to chance. We recognise the continuing challenge of delivering a safe and secure Games. But it is a challenge that we look forward to.
“To deliver a Games where sport and the Olympic spirit is what people will remember – and not security. And in doing so hosting an event which will make London, our country and the world proud.”