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London's Olympic legacy 'must benefit all of Britain'

Boxer Nicola Adams holds her gold medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Boxer Nicola Adams holds her gold medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning Heptathlete Jessica Ennis holds her gold medal as she takes part in the parade passing Royal Courts of Justice during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A general view of the crowd in the City of London, as a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes makes its way through London
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic swimmer gold medalist Rebecca Adlington waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The Victory Parade passes along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The Victory Parade passes along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The crowd cheers during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Performers of The Victory Parade pass along Fleet Street during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gymnasts Beth Tweedle and Louis Smith smile during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips holds her silver medal as she takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Diver Tom Daley holds his bronze medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Three Day Eventer Zara Phillips and diver Tom Daley smile as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: The crowd cheers during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British quadruple gold medal winning Paralympian David Weir shows his four gold medals as he takes part in the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning archer Danielle Brown holds her gold medal and waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton wave to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Dwain Chambers waves to the crowds as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Boxer Luke Campbell holds his gold medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds waves during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London
Sir Chris Hoy waves to the crowds during a parade passed Mansion House, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Triathletes Jonathan Brownlee and Alistair Brownlee show their medals to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: British Olympic gold medal winning athlete Greg Rutherford holds his long jump gold medal as he takes part in the parade passing St Paul's Cathedral during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Gymnasts Beth Tweddle (left) and Louis Smith wave to the crowds as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Mo Farah takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
British Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
British Paralympic gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir wears his four gold medals as he waves to the fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
British Olympic gold medal winning archer Danielle Brown holds her gold medal and waves to the crowd during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes on September 10, 2012 in London, England.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds waves during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London.
Diver Tom Daley holds his Bronze medal during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, Mansion House, London.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis takes part in a parade passed the Royal Courts of Justice, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee wave to the crowds wearing their medals during a parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes, near Mansion House, London.
Triathletes Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee hold their medals as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes
Boxer Luke Campbell holds his gold medal as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Dwain Chambers waves to the crowds as he takes part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Crowds with flags line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade near St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Crowds line the route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
A gamesmaker wears a Rio 2016 inspired hat along route of the Great Britain Athletes Victory Parade, outside the Mansion House in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremonyduring the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view during the Closing Ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view during the Closing Ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds of Great Britain enjoys the atmosphere with fellow Team GB Paralympians during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium as dancers perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna, Jay-Z and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds and athlete Jonnie Peacock light torches from the flame of the Paralympic cauldron as it is extinguished during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Mayor of London Boris Johnson, President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Artists representing Rio 2016 peform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Artists representing Rio 2016 peform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Spectators leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Dancers perform under water spray during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd as President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE looks on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE addresses the crowd asLOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe looks on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Olympic Park after the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A general view of the show during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium as dancers perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jay-Z and Rihanna perform with Will Champion and Chris Martin of Coldplay (L) during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians leave the stadium after the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
The closing ceremony of the Paralympics has been dubbed the Festival of Flame
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Circus artists perform using a motorcycle during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Athlete David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey of Great Britain carry the flag join fellow flagbearers during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (R-L) Guy Berryman, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie addresses the crowd during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former mayor Ken Livingstone and Labour leader Ed Miliband pose at the Olympic Stadium as they attend the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, on September 09, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Will Champion, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (R) look on during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A heart of flames is displayed on the arena floor during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Captain Luke Sinnott climbs to hang the Union Flag during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flame throwers light up the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Athlete David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey of Great Britain carry the flag join fellow flagbearers during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE observe the National Anthem during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Clouds move accross the evening sky above the Olympic Park ahead of the the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The sun sets over the Olympic Park ahead of the the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Circus artists perform using a motorcycle during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin (R) and Will Champion of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Politicians were urged yesterday to unite behind "one clear plan and vision" to ensure the country benefits from a golden Olympic legacy.

Hundreds of sporting clubs and leisure centres have seen an increase in interest following the success of the British Olympics and Paralympics teams, figures show. But there are concerns that the UK will miss out on the promised long-term economic boost. The Centre for Cities think-tank said London should draw on lessons from previous host cities such as Sydney and Barcelona, otherwise the legacy may not be delivered.



The group has drawn up a five-point plan, including continued financial support for projects, a "clear vision" for future use of the Olympic Park and help for people in east London to find jobs. Alexandra Jones, the chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: "There are many lessons we can learn from previous Olympic cities. What unites those that had a successful legacy is a robust and consistent strategy to make the best of the opportunities that the Games can bring to the whole city."



Brendan Barber, head of the Trades Union Congress, also urged ministers to "learn from the Olympics" and create policies to boost the economy. He told the TUC conference in Brighton yesterday: "We can't muddle through greening our economy. We need investment, planning and an Olympic-style national crusade."



David Cameron has claimed that the UK will derive more than £13bn of economic benefits from hosting the Games through a combination of additional inward investment, overseas exports and tourism growth. But financial analysts fear his projections may be way above the mark. "A lot of the figures that were put in place before the Games are looking a bit optimistic now," said Samuel Tombs, an economist from Capital Economics.



Figures from the Local Government Association show that athletics and cycling centres have seen an increase in use since the successes of stars like Jessica Ennis and Bradley Wiggins.



In a further boost to legacy hopes, Lord Coe confirmed last night that he would run for the post of chairman of the British Olympic Association after successfully overseeing the organisation of the London Games.

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