The MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, has been named the vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire.
The Grand Départ is set to be the biggest sporting event ever in Yorkshire, and the Group has been set up on a cross party basis to ensure MPs do all they can to make the event a huge success and to ensure that the economic, social and cultural benefits are maximised in Yorkshire.
Shortly after the announcement was made that Yorkshire had secured the Grand Départ, Andrew spoke in a Westminster Hall debate highlighting why the route should come through the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency. He explained that it is one of the ‘spiritual homes of cycling’ because the Cyclists Touring Club was founded in Harrogate, as highlighted by a plaque in the town centre commemorating that event.
This role gives me a great opportunity to promote the event for Yorkshire as a whole and our area in particular. I want the visit of the Tour to be a stunning success, with a lasting impact too. I will be working to make sure that happens.
Hundreds of thousands of people will come to Yorkshire, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling, and this will bring a huge economic boost.
I am certain that Yorkshire will raise the bar in terms of expectations for future hosts, and I know that Harrogate and Knaresborough have all the ingredients to make a visit from the Tour a special one, with excellent visitor facilities, stunning scenery and passionate sports fans.