"I wouldn't wish what happened to the city on that day on any town or city," added Councillor Ashley.
Mr Ashley said that he should withdraw the statement and apologise for the upset he had caused to the people of Manchester.
He said at the time: "The bomb was obviously bad but from a redevelopment point of view, it was a lost opportunity. While the area around St Ann's Square and Deansgate is not disagreeable, if you compare it with Birmingham and its exciting development, we've got nothing to touch that in Manchester," said Sir Gerald, the MP for Gorton.
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But Mr Rooney, in an interview in the local paper in Bradford, said that Manchester did not need a casino and added that the IRA bomb "was the best thing to happen to Manchester."
One of Manchester's veteran MPs, Sir Gerald Kaufman, also courted controversy when he suggested that the bomb, which destroyed the much criticised Arndale Centre, had provided the city with an opportunity to redevelop.
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"Clearly Mr Rooney is one of a number of Labour MPs who have not seen Manchester's bid document or the comments from the independent advisory panel.
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