Dame Tessa Jowell ‘convinced me to make Olympic bid’

Dame Tessa Jowell persuaded Tony Blair to support a bid to bring the Olympics to the UK, the former Labour prime minister has said.

Mr Blair said there was “a lot of opposition” to making a bid and he had been advised that there was “no chance” of winning it.

But Dame Tessa convinced him during a discussion in the garden at Number 10 and “the rest is history”, he said.