West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre has welcomed Government backing for Birmingham's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
She spoke of her "pride and joy" after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced that Birmingham would be the UK's official candidate city.
Miss McIntyre said: "As a Conservative I am delighted our Government has thrown its full weight behind the Birmingham bid. It fills me with pride in our region and joy at the prospect of bringing this huge event to our own back yard.
"This would be the most spectacular sports gathering the country has seen since London 2012. Not only would it be a great sporting party but it can have a transformational effect on large parts of the conurbation.
"Now we must pull out all the stops to make sure we have the best bid of all the candidate cities."