Today during Prime Ministers’ Questions Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne pressed the new PM to commit to supporting Manchester’s ambitious bid to host the World Expo in 2025.
Before the last general election the government had indicated its willingness to support a bid for Manchester however since then the government is yet to commit to any official bid.
These events last for six-months and attract global audiences as well as helping countries champion their business, innovation, cultural and entertainment offerings while strengthening ties and co-operation across the world.
In her response the PM indicated that she was, “…very interested to hear the lobby that he is making for Manchester and I will of course look at what he has said very seriously…”. A decision would have to be made soon as the cut-off date for bids is the 31 October. With Paris and Toronto already having bid for the event an opportunity like this cannot be ignored.
The financial and legacy benefits of hosting the World Expo are huge with an estimated 28 million visitors expected over the course of the six-month event, as well as attracting hundreds of millions in inwards investment. The last Expo held in Milan at the end of 2015 has already added over £100million to the Italian economy over six-months.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority have identified Ashton Moss in Tameside as a suitable site to host the global event, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) said that a huge site spanning almost 300 acres has already been put forward as a possible location for Britain’s biggest ever public event.
What is not needed is for this important judgement to be kicked into the long-grass, Manchester needs a decision now.