A FORMER Mayor of Pocklington is calling for East Yorkshire and Hull to host the Commonwealth Games.
George McManus, who now lives in Beverley and is parliamentary spokesman for the Beverley and Holderness Labour Party, said he wanted the county and city to consider lodging a bid for the games to take place in the region in 2022.
His comments came after East Yorkshire was left out of route for the Tour de France in 2014, when the Yorkshire leg of the race will only pass through southern, western and northern parts of the region.
Mr McManus said that when Glasgow hosts the games next year, it will be the third time they have been held in Scotland, with Edinburgh having held them twice before, but Yorkshire had never been chosen as the venue. He said he came from Glasgow originally and anyone suggesting ten years ago that the games would be staged there would have faced a lot of scepticism.
But Coun Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for sport in Hull, said there were no venues locally which were capable of hosting the range of events.