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Labour conference organisers quell security doubts

Organisers say annual conference will go ahead with new security arrangements, but fall short of naming new firm

Pictured: ACC Liverpool, where Labour's annual conference is due to take place in September

A "comprehensive security plan" has been put in place for Labour's annual conference, following the cancellation of its contract with security firm G4S due to alleged ties with Israeli prisons.

Addressing fears the conference would have to be called off, spokespersons from the Labour party and Liverpool police said they were "absolutely confident" arrangements would be put in place and the conference would go ahead.

It is due to take place at ACC Liverpool on 25-28 September, bringing an expected 10,000 delegates.

A Labour Party spokesperson told M&IT "we don't comment on commercial arrangements" and no security firm has been named as the new provider. But the Labour spokesperson added the party was "absolutely confident" security arrangements would be put in place and the conference would go ahead.

A police spokeswoman has also told regional newspapers that "a comprehensive security plan has been agreed by all partners".

She added: "Merseyside Police will continue to work with the organisers of the Labour Party conference to ensure the safety of those attending."

The Labour party decided to boycott G4S after the Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed the security company was linked to "Israeli prisons which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel".

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