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Labour conference under threat amid security scramble

Party in race to find new security contract after voting to boycott G4S over alleged Israeli prison links

Pictured: Jeremy Corbyn at Labour's 2015 Annual Conference

The Labour party is rushing to find a replacement security company for its annual conference in September, after it decided to cancel its contract with G4S.

National newspapers have reported the party may be forced to cancel the conference unless it signs a deal with a new security firm, with fears the Home Office or police could shut it down.

The conference is due to take place at ACC Liverpool on 25-28 September.

The 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".

A Labour source was quoted as saying said that while a deal with security was not signed off, they were "absolutely confident that arrangements for security will be in place and the conference will go ahead".

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