Now that Durban has been stripped of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games I have no doubt that Liverpool should be considered a serious contender for the role.
I have been calling for the city to be the venue for these prestigious Games for several years and now the opportunity has sprung up four years sooner than anticipated Liverpool should fight tooth and nail to be the host.
I am glad that Mayor Joe Anderson has told the government he will challenge any attempt to gift the Games to Manchester or London instead of proper transparent process taking place to select the final city.
I have long argued that hosting the Games would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Liverpool to the world and let everyone know what a terrific city it is. It is virtually unrecognisable from even a decade ago and is a leading tourist destination for people from all over this country and beyond.
New hotels still seem to be opening every week so accommodating visitors to the Games would not be a problem and would boost the local economy.
The city is known throughout the world for its top class athletes in many different disciplines and it is only fitting that the Commonwealth Games should be held here. I know that we would do them proud.
Paul Nuttall MEP