Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham comments on the Olympics

Barking and Dagenham was named as a host borough of the London 2012 Olympic Games and is currently being used for the closing ceremony rehearsals.

London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Jon Cruddas commented on the Olympics so far:

"Over this last week or so like many of you I have been unable to pull myself away from the Olympics. I have been looking forward to this Olympics since we won the right to host them way back in 2005. I am sure my favourite moments so far have been ones you share such as Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all winning Gold within half hour of each other. Also impressing me were the exploits of our cycling and rowing teams, especially Ben Ainslie winning his fourth gold medal in the sailing. These are all moments that will live with budding athletes forever.

Jessica Ennis celebrates Heptathlon Gold

Mo Farah celebrates Men's 10,000m Gold

"From the outset these games have all been about inspiring a generation and leaving a legacy and I honestly feel we are in the process of achieving that. When those 7 youngsters lit the Olympic Torch we sent a message that this Olympics was all about what would come next. There is no point in winning medal after medal if the next generation of athletes are not coming through but I am sure we can see that they are. On Monday I watched Lawrence Okoye push his way into the Discuss final and of course we have our own Adam Gemili who only just missed out on a position in the 100m final alongside legends such as Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt. With Katarina Johnson-Thompson also coming through I am sure that come Rio in 2016 we will have another set of athletes to watch on the world stage.

Seven young athletes light the Olympic Torch
Adam Gemili from host borough Barking and Dagenham

"The Olympics had much negative press in the build up from the cost to the security arrangements, but beyond doubt this Olympics has been a complete success from the amazing opening ceremony all the way through till today and there is still more to come. I am sure we all agree that this Olympics has put Great Britain on the map as a place of sporting excellence and I am extremely proud that we had the chance to do so. We set out to inspire young athletes and I believe we have undoubtedly achieved that."

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham