MEPs have added their voice to the England 2006 World Cup Campaign after Sir Bobby
Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 10
Angela Billingham MEP, Secretary of the Sports Intergroup, hosted the visit by Sir
Bobby and Sir Geoff and they delivered a clear message to MEPs - the Home of Football
should host the 2006 World Cup!
Labour Euro MPs have joined the Prime Minister in giving their wholehearted support to
Christine Oddy, MEP for Coventry and North Warwickshire, said,
"Britain has the vision, enthusiasm and commitment required to host a great World
Cup, as demonstrated during Euro 96.
"Our commitment to sport is unrivalled, and I know that the people of the West
Midlands would be delighted to welcome friends from abroad to enjoy a fantastic sporting
Already the campaign for 2006 has inspired hundreds of supporters from the West
Midlands to send letters and e-mails of support to the Football Association and the clubs
in this region are actively promoting England's case.
Christine Oddy said:
"With the outstanding facilities England has and the success of Euro 96, the Home
of Football is the natural home for the 2006 World Cup. All Labour MEPs will be actively
supporting it in this region and across the country."