“Birmingham would be a perfect choice for the Commonwealth Games and the timing couldn’t be better.

“The energy, confidence and development of the city are all clear to see. Not only is it a young, vibrant and multi-cultural city, it’s also enjoying a genuine renaissance in advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, technology and many other sectors.

“Thanks to focused investment, it’s a different place from the Birmingham in which I started my career over 20 years ago. It’s always been a city which loves and celebrates its sport, and – undoubtedly – would embrace the Games and provide a fantastic ‘Birmingham welcome’ to the athletes and fans of the Commonwealth!”