MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I WROTE last week about the incredible Olympic opening ceremony and the positive start it gave to the Games.

And with the sport now well underway and medals flooding in, that marvellous spirit has continued.

Coming into the Games there were, as you would expect, one or two teething problems.

The G4S debacle did not, even the staunchest Olympic supporter would have to admit, cover the organisers in glory; though it makes me incredibly proud of the way our armed forces and local police services have taken up the mantle to ensure a safe Games.

With things now running smoothly, most events packed to rafters and some incredible sporting performances taking place, the disappointing negativity appears to have subsided.

Michael Phelps, of course, became the greatest ever Olympian; an incredible achievement which I’m sure will go down as one of the iconic moments of London 2012.

Other performances, like that of the 15-year-old Lithuanian swimmer Rula Meilutyte who came from nowhere to stun the world by winning the 100m breaststroke and Team GB women’s football team’s astonishing defeat of favourites Brazil, have also captured the imagination.

On the track later in the week we had Super Saturday, of course, with Britain scooping an incredible three gold medals with Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all pulling off incredible achievements against world class competiton.

And I’m sure there will be many more incredible moments to come at both the rest of the Olympics and, of course, during the Parlaympics.

The venues too, look spectacular – from the stadium itself to the terrific Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and even the makeshift beach at Horse Guards Parade it seems all the infrastructural work has gone to plan and to cost.

Again, LOCOG and everyone involved in planning such a difficult event deserve a huge pat on the back.

And as Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the BBC, I must also offer my congratulations to the corporation for their splendid coverage of the entire event.

It truly has been first class.

While Parliament is in recess, the work does not stop and my mailbag and inbox remain busy.

The announcements don’t cease either as we discovered last week when the Prime Minister announced that, following the Games, the Olympic drug-testing laboratories will be converted into a new scientific research centre which will play a key role in two subjects very close to my heart – tackling dementia and diabetes.

Scientific research is vital to medical progress and I believe, as a nation, we deserve the very best healthcare.

I am delighted, therefore, that despite the economic situation, the Government is continuing to invest positively.

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