Tottenham MP David Lammy claims Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is “doing more for the community than Alan Sugar ever did”.
Speaking on fans’ podcast The Spurs Show, the Labour politician also said Levy had “misjudged the feeling” on the Olympic Stadium, and insisted future tenants West Ham United “will never fill it”.
The MP told the online broadcast that he and Levy were “friends again” after falling out over a possible move away from Tottenham, and said the local authorities remained “fully behind” the new stadium development.
And, as he praised the current Spurs chairman, he aimed a barbed comment at Levy's predecessor Alan Sugar, who stepped down in 2000.
He said: “I have been MP for 14 years and, to Daniel Levy’s credit, he is doing much more for the community then Alan Sugar ever did, not just in Haringey but they take their relationship with that North East corridor very seriously.”
The politician said Mr Levy and owner Joe Lewis will “have to go to the bank” in order to fund the new stadium.
And, despite his concerns that the financial climate is not as strong as when Arsenal built the Emirates, he remains positive about getting the project completed.
He said: “I remain confident. The planning is there and the local authorities remain completely behind the club. The ingredients and ambition are there and as an MP I want this to happen tomorrow.”
In 2011, Spurs’ bid to become the tenants of the Olympic stadium in East London was rejected in favour of West Ham.
Mr Lammy said: “I was totally against the idea of Tottenham moving out of N17, I obstructed that and we (he and Levy) fell out, but we are friends again. It would not have been right for the club to move.
“He (Levy) misjudged the feeling behind the athletics stadium and West Ham clearly had a different view on it, but they will never fill that stadium.
“N17 an important location, the club’s home is there and their relationship with Haringey and Enfield is very strong.”