15 Mar 2011

Brits won't get priority for Olympic tickets

12:57 pm on 15 March 2011

Fuming UK MPs are considering launching an investigation into why Britons aren't being given ticketing priority over their European counterparts for next year's London Olympics.

The chance to purchase more than six million tickets for the Games starts tonight with the British public given 40 days to apply.

But under EU laws the 62 million Brits are automatically joined by up to half a billion Continental Europeans.

Coalition MPs believe it is unfair that UK residents are being treated in such a manner.

Therese Coffey, a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee, said she intended raising it with the committee at a meeting tonight.

And Tory MP Priti Patel is incensed that hard-pressed British taxpayers and Londoners, who have paid extra through their council tax to fund the Games, will be appalled to find they won't be given priority when tickets go on sale.

London Olympics boss Sebastian Coe says about 100,000 people from outside of Britain had signed up to register for tickets.

A second phase of ticket sales will held in June.