The Conservative Party have pledged to support a bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games should they win the general election in June.
Their manifesto was launched today by Prime Minister Theresa May in Halifax, where she pledged to deliver a "mainstream government that would deliver for mainstream Britain".
In a section of the manifesto titled “Stronger Communities From a Stronger Economy”, the Conservatives state their intention to “support a UK city in making a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games”.
The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, the second and fourth largest parties in the last UK Government, have not made a similar pledge.
The Scottish National Party, the third largest party, are yet to release their manifesto.
The Conservatives are considered the favourites to win the General Election, which is due to take place on June 8.
Birmingham and Liverpool are left battling to get the nomination to be England's candidate to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
insidethegames revealed yesterday that London and Manchester had opted not to continue their interest in hosting the Games.
The possibility of Manchester and Liverpool joining forces and forming a "Northern Powerhouse" bid had been mooted in recent weeks.
Manchester could offer venues for track cycling and swimming if necessary, but the focus of the event would be on Liverpool.
Cities are seeking to earn the right to stage the Games after they were stripped from Durban in March.
The South African city were removed as hosts by the CGF following lack of progress since they were awarded them in September 2015.
Birmingham's bid to host has received the full backing of newly-elected Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.
The West Midlands Metropolitan Borough includes Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, as well as Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
The West Midlands Combined Authority, a coalition of 18 local authorities and four Local Enterprise Partnerships working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands, gave their support to the Birmingham bid last Friday (May 12).
Labour politician, Steve Rotheram, was elected as the first Mayor of the Liverpool City Region and has backed his city's pursuit of a Commonwealth Games bid.
Australia, Canada and Malaysia are other countries who have expressed an interest to host of the Games.
A potential Toronto bid is due to be considered by the City Council's Economic Development Committee, while Commonwealth Games Canada have also held discussions with Victoria.
The Australian Commonwealth Games Association will make a choice from Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Malaysia were the first Asian country to host the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, an event widely considered to be one of the best in history.
A panel of international experts and CGF staff are expected to investigate the bids put forward by the countries before making a recommendation to the Executive Board.
Due to the unexpectedly high interest, a decision, originally expected to be made by mid-summer, is now due to be made in the autumn.