Scotland politics

Glasgow 2014: Leaders Cameron and Salmond focus on Games legacy

Alex Salmond and David Cameron
Image caption First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron believe there will be a strong legacy from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have been focusing on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Mr Cameron told business leaders that the Games, like the London 2012 Olympics, were a way to promote "every part of our country to the world".

Meanwhile, First Minister Alex Salmond said the Games' "real legacy will be the impact on people".

He added that Scotland had "never had a higher profile" internationally.

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Media captionDavid Cameron speaks to the BBC ahead of the Commonwealth Games ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
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Media captionAlex Salmond speaks to the BBC about the "people legacy" that the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will have

In separate interviews on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, both Mr Cameron and Mr Salmond spoke about what impact the Games would have.

The prime minister said the event was an opportunity for Scotland to showcase what it could offer to the world, adding that people would see Scotland and the UK at its best.

Mr Salmond said he was looking forward to the 10 days of sporting events, adding that there would not only be an economic legacy but a "people legacy" for everyone who is inspired in years to come by the Games.

Ahead of the Games' opening ceremony, Mr Cameron addressed business and Commonwealth leaders in Glasgow as the second annual report on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was published.

The UK government claimed London 2012 boosted UK trade by more than £14bn.

Hardworking business

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) set up a "British Business Embassy" in London during the Games and hosted a series of events.

The prime minister said: "Part of our long-term economic plan is about promoting every part of our country to the world and Glasgow's Commonwealth Games will give us another fantastic platform to do this.

"It follows on from London 2012, which was not just an amazing sporting event, but also a great opportunity to secure a lasting economic and sporting legacy for the whole UK.

"This government will continue to work on behalf of every hardworking business in the UK to drum up trade, encourage investment and pave the way for growth so we can generate jobs, pay our way in the world, and create stability, security and a brighter future for our country.

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Image caption Mr Salmond is hopeful for a strong legacy from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
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Image caption Mr Cameron believes the 2012 Olympics has had a lasting legacy

"I am confident we can build on our experience in London and make Glasgow 2014 so much more than just an amazing sporting event."

Addressing a business conference at Glasgow University on the day before Glasgow 2014 officially opened, Mr Salmond said the Scottish government had ensured that the Games would bring benefits to the host city.

He added: "One of the Commonwealth Games committee's proudest boasts is that 70% of all contracts have gone to local businesses based here in Scotland, and we ensure that the games create employment and training opportunities for thousands of young people.

"As a result, the legacy of these Commonwealth Games won't just be the magnificent physical infrastructure that all of you will see as you go through this city.

"The real legacy will be the impact on people - the human legacy."

He argued that sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup meant "Scotland has never had a higher profile on the international stage", adding: "That's great news for jobs and investment in Scotland."

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