Tessa Jowell invited back to 2012's top table
Former Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell has been offered a place at London 2012's top table - a place on the Olympic board running the Games.
I've learned that Jowell, who played a crucial job in persuading the Labour Government to bid for the Games seven years ago, will sit alongside Conservative Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson, London Mayor Boris Johnson and 2012 chairman Lord Coe at key meetings.
Jowell was expected to be given some sort of ambassadorial role promoting the Games and the legacy of the Games worldwide.
But she will now sit at the heart of the handful of people making the key decisions about the Games.
This makes sense in terms of her experience but politicially, it will effectively stop the coalition Government from taking full credit for the success of the Olympics in 2012.
It's therefore a brave initiative from Conservative Olympics Secretary Jeremy Hunt - and his minister Hugh Robertson. Both should take credit for trying to take the politics out of the Games and make it an event which will unite the country and the political world.
I'm not sure Boris Johnson is going to be dancing in the streets about the decision, however.
Remember Jowell as the campaign manager of his rival Ken Livingstone in the last London Mayoral elections.