Colchester/UK: Olympics chiefs criticised for folk music snub

An MP from East Anglia today attacked Olympics organisers for failing to feature folk music in the opening and closing ceremonies.

Liberal Democrat Sir Bob Russell said the televised spectacles, which have a joint budget of �81 million, would fail to represent parts of the country.

Speaking as MPs discussed future Commons business, Sir Bob (Colchester) called for a debate on the ceremonies.

He said: “Can we have a debate on the Olympics? Not sporting matters but on those allied to the Games: souvenirs - large numbers being sourced from overseas; and reports the opening and closing ceremonies will exclude the traditional folk culture of the nations and the regions.”

Leader of the House Sir George Young said: “I am sure the opening ceremony will do justice to the whole of the country.”

Prime Minister David Cameron doubled the cash available for the two events after seeing plans for the opening ceremony, which is being devised by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle.