Olympics bid team gets ethical

Civic activism charity London Citizens was yesterday expected to sign a Compact to make London 2012 the first ethical Olympics.

The deal - with Lord Coe, the 2012 bid leader, London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - ensures that guarantees on economic justice form an integral part of the bid, which will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee next week, and follows extensive lobbying (Third Sector, 18 August).

The guarantees include land for affordable housing, a 'living wage' for jobs, a local labour clause for construction contracts and more investment in local schools.

Rev Jan Atkins of Bryant Methodist Church in Stratford, East London, said: "We aim to ensure that the Olympics bring riches to East London, not just more rich people."

Andrew Crossley, community organiser with London Citizens, said the Olympics should not follow the fate of the Dome.

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