Glasgow’s Eurovision bid backed by council if Ukraine out

Glasgow is to launch a bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year if Ukraine is unable due to the ongoing Russian invasion.

SNP council leader Susan Aitken revealed officials had started ‘informal’ and ‘hypothetical’ discussions about which Scottish town would host the event at a full council meeting today.

Green Councilor Leodhas Massie tabled a motion calling on Glasgow to stand as host, highlighting the city’s experience in hosting events such as COP26 and the Commonwealth Games.

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Stressing that the idea has cross-party support, Councilor Massie said: “We want Ukraine to be able to stage the competition next May.”

But he called for conversations with government ministers about the possibility of Scotland’s biggest city hosting the event if Ukraine cannot.

The motion, which was seconded by Green Councilor Anthony Carroll, pointed to the European Broadcasting Union announcing talks with the BBC over keeping Eurovision in second place in the UK due to the war In progress.

The Green Movement also congratulated Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra for their “categorical victory” at last month’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Councilor Aitken said: “Glasgow are extremely well placed and should be clear favorites in the UK. However, Ukraine is still looking to host the Eurovision Song Contest if they can and I think they should be given the time and space to explore that as much as possible.

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Councilor Aitken said in an accepted amendment: ‘Council understands that although preliminary discussions have taken place on the possibility of Glasgow acting as host or co-host of the 2023 competition should a replacement city be required, those These must remain hypothetical and high level until such a time as it can be confirmed that Ukraine is unable to host. If this is confirmed and the UK government solicits expressions of interest from potential hosts, the board instructs the chief executive to submit on behalf of Glasgow.

Labor Councilor Patricia Ferguson said: ‘The Labor Group wholeheartedly supports the intent of this motion and the amendment.

Councilor Ferguson added, “We look forward to working on a cross-party basis with other council members to make this happen.”

Describing himself as a ‘lifelong fan’ of Eurovision, Conservative Councilor John Daly said: ‘It is a wonderful privilege for the City of Glasgow to step up to support the people of Ukraine by hosting the Eurovision Song Contest song.


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