Anthea McIntyre has welcomed today's announcement that Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The Conservative MEP for the West Midlands said: "I want to congratulate Andy Street and the whole of the bid team for bringing the games to the region.

"It will put us on the international stage and show the world what a wonderful place this is - not just for sport but for culture, industry, education and commerce.

"The games will benefit the whole of the city region and beyond, as well as Birmingham itself. I for one cannot wait to watch the spectacle with pride."