G4S have turned down a plea from Labour to provide security at their annual conference, throwing the event into uncertainty.
The security giant has worked on the party’s annual conference for 20 years, but were not originally approached this year because of Labour’s boycott of firms linked to the Israeli government.
But the Party has since approached the union with a plea to provide security after all, with the annual gathering just four weeks away.
Meanwhile, the GMB union have threatened to picket the conference if Labour engage the services of G4S’ main event security rival, Showsec. The Union is currently in dispute with the firm over union recognition for its staff.
Unite boss Len McCluskey has previously warned the conference could face cancellation unless a solution can be reached.
Eric Alexander, Managing Director for G4S UK said: “This is a large, complex event, which we would ordinarily plan up to a year in advance. Security officers need to be cleared and accredited to work, detailed risk assessments made, safety and security plans with the Home Office and local police forces drawn up and supporting logistics, such as security equipment and staff accommodation, put in place.
“Our team of more than 100 security staff has secured the Labour Party ’s annual conference for over 20 years and the feedback from officials and the police on our work last year, as in the past, was extremely positive. Clearly we were disappointed not to continue such a successful working relationship. Safety for delegates and our staff is our priority and at this late stage and with our teams committed elsewhere, we are not in a position to step in and provide security for the conference.
A Labour spokesperson said: We do not comment on commercial arrangements.
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